British citizens voted to leave the European Union on June 23, with 51.9 percent of voters choosing to exit. Migration was the cornerstone of the Leave campaign, which objected to the European Union’s insistence on the free movement of labor, capital, goods and services.
The results of the referendum have ushered in greater political uncertainty, a heightened sense of financial market risk and deep division in British society. Campaigners for British withdrawal made audacious promises. Britain’s economy would prosper and its security would increase. Britain would take back control of immigration, reducing the number of arrivals. And it would be able to spend about 350 million pounds, or about $470 million, a week more on health care instead of sending the money to Brussels. Now that they won it seems that they don’t know what to do.