Farage: I would never have made that claim. The best responses to BREXIT

Article published on June 25, 2016
Article published on June 25, 2016

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The Brits have made up their minds - Britain is to leave the European Union. And it is a decision that will likely be discussed for years to come. Here are some of the most surprising post-Brexit responses to the UK vote.

Nigel Farage: I would never have made that claim

The Number 1 Brexit advocate, whose "Leave" campaign successfully convinced 52% of Brits to vote to leave the European Union, gave a curious response to the question about the main pledge of his campaign. The right populist Ukip leader said that in the case of a Brexit, a substantial sum of money, which would normally be paid to the EU could be re-invested in the National Health Service.

"Can you guarantee that the £350 million that will no longer be paid to the EU will be invested in the NHS?"

"No, I cannot. And I would never have made that claim" responded Nigel Farage to the rather taken aback host of 'Good Morning Britain'. According to Farage, the idea that £350 million would be invested in healthcare wasn't his, rather it was a claim made as part of Boris et al.'s "Leave" campaign.

The current Prime Minister David Cameron: We need to take it one step at a time.

Cameron explained that there is no need for any hasty decision-making. Since delivering stability is of utmost importance, he will continue in post as Prime Minister for the next three months.

"I will do everything in my power as Prime Minister to steady the ship in the coming weeks and months. But I don't think that it would be right for me to try to be the captain to steer this ship to its next destination. There is no need for a precise timetable today, but in my view we should aim to have a new prime minister in place by the start of the Conservative Party conference in October." 

After the financial markets responded so well to this historic exit, surely it isn't a problem to wait a couple more months to make important decisions...

Financial markets

On Friday morning, the Pound dropped 11%, plummeting to $1.3224. It reached the lowest level since 1985, reports the Spiegel. The stock exchanges haven't been so abuzz since 2008 claims the BBC. In light of falling share prices, early estimates indicate that 4500 million Euros have been lost. Surely no reason to panic?

Boris Johnson: Brexit doesn't mean that we are any less European

The form Mayor of London was delighted to have finally left the European Union behind, while still ensuring that United Kingdom will have a role in Europe. 

"We must take it one step at a time. And there is no need to immediately trigger Article 50. That doesn't mean that the United Kingdom will be less unified or less european"

It is true that the continent of Europe still exists but Northern Ireland and Scotland would beg to differ.

All hands on deck!

With 56% of voters in Northern Ireland wanting to remain, it is understandable that many Northern Irish are looking for a way-out of this debacle. As Googletrends reported, there was an increase in the number of people using the Internet to find out how to apply for an Irish passport. There has already been a rush on Irish passport applications. 

It's a similar story in Scotland. According to First Minister Nicole Sturgeon, it is quite likely that a new indepedence referendum for the Scotts will be called. 62% of Scots voted on 23rd of June to remain in the European Union.

"It is democratically unacceptable that Scotland is forced against its will to leave the EU"

Age differences

Particularly worth mentioning is that 75% of 18-24 year olds voted to remain while 60% of over 65 year olds turned their backs on the EU. Something that has upset young voters and resulted in the call for a second referendum.

An eventful day for Europe, for the rest of the world 

The EU referendum reminds us that we are well placed to think about the differences between populism and reality. Especially the radical parties who wanted to use the hours following the announcement of the referendum results to call for referendums in their own countries. But if Nationalists can be united, so can the rest of us Europeans.