Britons celebrate, bemoan EU exit vote


LONDON (AP) — Britain woke up a divided country on Friday as people reacted with jubilation and relief or shock and anger to the result of a historic vote that signals a historic shift in the country’s relationship with Europe.

At London’s Billingsgate market, vendors were delighted.

“Absolutely wonderful, best news ever,” said Allen Laurence, 65. “We want England — or Great Britain — to come back how it was years ago, and it’s going the way that we want it to go.”

Commuters at the main train station in the well-heeled southwest London borough of Richmond, which voted overwhelmingly to remain, expressed anger and frustration at the vote.

“I’m quite shocked really,” said Martin Laidler. “My 9-year-old daughter asked me to vote to remain, so I was voting for her future.”

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