Did you ever think you’d live in a time when the UK wasn’t a member of the EU?
Well, it looks like that thought has become a reality for those of us living in the UK. On 23 June, 51.9% of voters opted to leave the European Union, an outcome many didn’t see coming.
The fallout of the vote has already begun, with David Cameron announcing he would be stepping down as prime minister, the growing possibility of a second Scottish independence referendum, and Ireland facing the return of a physical border.
There’s been a lot of reaction to the vote from UK creators, many of whom watched the results come in from Los Angeles, where they’re attending VidCon. They had a lot to say, and we’ve collected some of their tweets for you to navigate through.
They’re saying what we’re all thinking
Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear oh dear. #Brexit
— Mike Boyd (@mikeboydvideo) June 24, 2016
Just saying, if there's a lower limit on voting (18+) we need an upper limit too (65+).
— Evan DEADinger (@EvanEdinger) June 24, 2016
Waking up to news of #Brexit and I'm honestly absolutely shocked. I am scared for Ireland and the impact we are forced to face now.
— Clare Cullen Clisare (@Clisare) June 24, 2016
Leave was overwhelmingly popular with voters aged 65 and older – a statistic that hasn’t been ignored by the younger generation, who voted largely in favour of Remain. The vote has many calling out the older generation for making a decision they will not have to live with the consequences of, and many are calling for a second referendum.
They’re packing their bags
Hey @Canada, you hiring?
— Liam Dryden (@LiamDrydenEtc) June 24, 2016
American, Australian, European friends. I hope you have a spare room, I'm moving in.
— Lewis Parker (@LewisParkerUK) June 24, 2016
You might not know this, but we have a Canadian writing for TenEighty and she’s offered to be the country’s spokesperson for Brexit. Speaking exclusively to TenEighty, she says all are welcome to move here. We mean, considering the upcoming US election, Canada is probably our best bet. Plus, they have the Queen as their figurehead, so we’ll feel right at home.
They also have polar bears and maple syrup – what more do we need?
Education is needed
Heartbroken. Fear won. Lies won. Awful. Just awful. I'm genuinely scared for the future of the UK.
Brexit is bad for Britain and the world.
— EllenRosefromthedead (@icklenellierose) June 24, 2016
75 percent of people under the age of 25 voted Remain. What a middle finger stuck up to them. Congrats you old xenophobic dinosaurs #Brexit
— Stephen Byrne (@stephenbyrne) June 24, 2016
At least our government can no longer use the EU to scapegoat their own failings. We must stay engaged and hold them accountable. #Brexit
— Myles Dyer (@MylesDyer) June 24, 2016
History has taught us that fear is a powerful weapon used by weak men to do evil things. It's happened again. Maybe this time we'll learn.
— Slayzel Slays (@TheHazelHayes) June 24, 2016
If Brexit has taught us anything, it’s that education is needed. Many of those who voted to leave the EU did so out of fear and misinformation, believing what was said by those campaigning for the UK to leave and not looking in more depth into what was being said.
In the future, we need to place a greater emphasis on education and fact. Politicians shouldn’t play upon the fears of the majority, but instead present the truth in an unbiased way. We know that’s highly unlikely, but we can hope, right?
Some tried to make light of the situation
Fun prank would be to be 60+ and vote for Brexit then die and leave all the young people to deal with the long term consequences OH WAIT
— Benetrick Treatsend (@BenedictTown) June 24, 2016
Brexit sounds like a biscuit and a really shit biscuit at that.
— Scream Dobbs (@DeanDobbs) June 24, 2016
— Fraser Green (@FraserMGreen) June 24, 2016
It's 9pm at the Britain party. It's only just started & Brexit is a drunken mess already. Meanwhile Scotland & N.Ireland are booking ubers.
— Bleddy Slowly (@Eddache_) June 24, 2016
man eurovision sucked last night. apparently we got -500 points?
— Emma Blackery (@emmablackery) June 24, 2016
When I was your age, the UK had the world's fifth largest economy.
— Benjamin Cook (@benjamin_cook) June 24, 2016
It’s pretty obvious that the majority of us are worried about what the Brexit vote will mean for the country and, for some, it’s a bit hard to smile at the moment. Thankfully for us, some of our faves have managed to offer us some laughs.
Thank you, guys. We really needed that.
To sum up our thoughts on the situation
I'm just profoundly sad…
— Jazza John (@JazzaJohn) June 24, 2016
— Cherry Wallis (@CherryWallis) June 24, 2016
To be honest, we’re not quite sure. The fallout from the vote has already begun and we’re sure it will continue as the week goes on. All we can do now is wait, hope, and prepare for what’s to come.
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