Britain has voted to leave the European Union – and they may not be the last nation to do so. Within minutes of the result being confirmed earlier this morning, Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders had called for similar polls in France and the Netherlands. Nor is the EU the only union that faces an uncertain future. Can the United Kingdom survive in its present form? Every region in Scotland voted to remain in the EU, something that could lead to a second referendum on Scottish independence. Northern Ireland also voted to remain. No-one really knows what happens next.
The referendum became a vote on immigration, and yet the young – those whose jobs are supposedly at risk from immigration – voted overwhelmingly to remain; London – a city with more immigrants than any other – voted overwhelmingly to remain.
There are many unanswered questions, but this one in particular is worth dwelling on: we’ve been told that the UK is at “breaking point” and the EU is the cause, but what happens if it turns out the EU wasn’t the problem after all? British politics is in a dark place; it could get darker.