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Reality dawning on Britons

Published:Monday | June 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM


It was a very sunny start to the day last Friday. The early sunshine epitomised the brightness, hope and joy that the people who voted for Britain to leave the EU felt.

Now reality is dawning and the enormity of that decision is becoming apparent. The gods are worried, too, as can be seen by the gloom and rain on Saturday.

The referendum results were unexpected as the pollsters, yet again, got their predictions utterly wrong.

What was even more interesting about the results was the divisions it highlighted in the country. It would seem from an analysis (Times, Saturday, June 25) of the results that apart from Scotland and London (which has a high immigrant population and higher levels of education), most of the Brexit voters were from areas which relied on manufacturing jobs (86 per cent); areas where more than 25 per cent of the population have poor GCSE results (82 per cent); areas of relatively low income (77 per cent); and areas where the average age is above 37 (74 per cent).

An even more startling statistic was the division in voting between graduates and those who finished their education at secondary school. The former voted to remain by 72 per cent and the latter by 35 per cent.

It will be an interesting period going forward. So much of the UK's future will depend on how this new dawn is managed. A make-or-break period. An exciting time, even. Time will tell.

Carol Orbart