Britain’s shock vote brings swift consequences as leader resigns, markets plunge

June 24, 2016 4:52 PM

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Britain’s shock vote brings swift consequences as leader resigns, markets plunge

LONDON — A day after British voters defied widespread warnings of economic and political peril should they cut ties with the European Union, the country reckoned with the consequences as markets tanked across the globe, the prime minister resigned and the United Kingdom felt the renewed pressure of a breakup.

The cascading developments, all within hours of the result of a deeply polarizing referendum, reflected a country shocked by its own decision.

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