Media divided over Britain’s historic vote


LONDON : Reflecting the divided nature of the coun­try, Britain’s newspapers were Saturday polarised over the “Brexit earth­quake”, some calling it the “birth of a new Britain,” others asking “what the hell happens now?”

“Take a bow, Britain!”, high-selling eurosceptic ti­tle the Daily Mail splashed across its front page.

“It was the day the quiet people of Britain rose up against an arrogant, out-of-touch political class and a contemptuous Brussels elite,” it added.

“In a magnificent af­firmation of national self-belief and character, their resounding message to the elite was: ‘We are fed up with being disdained and ig­nored over the issues about which we feel strongly’,” said its leading article.

Fellow pro-Brexit title the Daily Express carried the headline “We’re out of the EU”, calling it a “glorious vic­tory”, while the Times called it a “Brexit earthquake”.

Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph hailed the “birth of a new Britain” on its front page.

“June 23 2016 will be re­membered forever as the day the British voted to retake control of their own country,” said its editorial.

“While many people are understandably worried for their futures, not least after witnessing early volatility on the markets and exchanges, there is every reason to be op­timistic,” it added.

However, the pro-EU Daily Mirror struck a som­bre tone, asking “what the hell happens now?” on its front page while the Guardian wrote “Over. And out” above a picture of departing Prime Minis­ter David Cameron.


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