24 June 2016 – Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union after a tense and febrile campaign, with 52% of voters in favour of exiting the bloc.
Many expected the Remain campaign to edge a narrow victory and today Britain wakes up in shock and surprise, with many Remain politicians expressing horror and dismay on the broadcast news media this morning.
The winning margin – 51.9% leave to 48.1% remain – is slim. On a 72% turnout, however, as BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg put it, it will be impossible for anyone to claim there is no mandate for change.
16.1 million voted to remain in the EU, while 17.4 million voted to leave. Britain’s shooters, who number around a million, therefore played a vital part in yesterday’s decision.
The EU has been trying to impose a ban on semi-automatic firearms and even magazines for the last few months, and it is likely that its machinations directly influenced the shooting vote towards Leave.
I’m off to celebrate for the next three days!
Thank you to all Leave voters. We have scored a historic victory against the unelected, unaccountable elite in Brussels. They must now change and adapt for their project to survive, as we must be gracious and welcoming in victory – and sharp in negotiations – with them.
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