Brexit Referendum: United Kingdom Votes To Split From European Union

The hotly discussed Brexit (British exit) referendum results are in: The United Kingdom will split from the European Union, the BBC reports.

Nearly 46.5 million voters were registered to decide on the polarizing referendum, of which its outcome was announced Thursday after polls closed at 5 p.m. ET.

Britain’s BBC Breaking News said around 11:39 p.m. ET that 70 percent of votes were in favor of the split.

Votes were tabulated by region, with Sunderland, located in northern England, being the first region voting to leave, with 61 percent approving the measure.

In a bizarre social media rant, Lindsay Lohan advised Brits to “be smart” and “work hard to buy Chanel,” captioning a video, “#besmart pay attention and work hard to buy @chanelofficial #remain where’s Sunderland? Does Sarah Palin live there? Lol.”

Early tabulations showed a nearly 50-50 split among British voters.

It is the first time a country has exited the intergovernmental group since it formed after World War II to facilitate trade and quash conflicts among neighboring countries.

Great Britain joined the coalition in 1973.

The stay-or-go debate has ignited a torrent of comment for several months.

Supporters of the split believe the country’s exit will stimulate the economy and boost jobs; meanwhile, those in favor believe the opposite, citing the European Union’s many privileges.

The EU is one of the world’s most powerful unions, consisting of 28 nations that collectively trade and have favorable polices that affect traveling, currency, immigration, studying abroad and more.

The European Union’s cooperative intergovernmental policies have fostered the growth of the fashion industry. In May, heavy hitters in the fashion community signed the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign to voice objection to the split, citing that it would hinder creativity.

Footwear industry staples Vivienne Westwood, Alexa Chung, Mary Katarantzou and Sophia Webster were among those who support Great Britain’s participation in the Union.

Some of the benefits include a governing body, and 19 of the member-countries share a common currency in the Euro.

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