It’s less than 48 hours since news broke; Brexit is happening, and the UK will leave the EU. Many are still reeling, the shock setting in as we struggle to contemplate what is an uncertain future for us at home, the UK and many neighbouring countries. What will happen next? And what of the long-term implications? There has been a litany of speculation since yesterday morning, but no one is quite sure – we’ve never had a situation like this before. The reaction to this historical referendum has come in thick and fast with leading figures from the worlds of fashion, film, music and literature taking to social media to voice their opinions – some are relieved, most are horrified – and eloquent words following the result. We’ve rounded up a selection of them below:
I don’t think I’ve ever wanted magic more. https://t.co/gVNQ0PYIMT
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 24, 2016
Well millennials. We’re really really fucked.
— lily (@lilyallen) June 24, 2016
In response to the @leave.eu campaign who have today tried to put a spin on quotes made 20 years ago about keeping or losing the pound, I have to say strongly my comments were not about this referendum and should not be misused in this way! I believe in my country, I believe in a future for my children where we are stronger together and I support the #remain campaign. @strongerineurope
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I can’t get my head around what’s happening in Britain.I’m so sorry to the youth of Britain. I fear you’ve been let down today x
— James Corden (@JKCorden) June 24, 2016
— JasonManford (@JasonManford) June 24, 2016
It’s sad but probably true that the decision to leave the EU can simply be explained by a massive generational divide. We’ve been let down.
— Will Poulter (@PoulterWill) June 24, 2016
I truly believe this is one of the most devastating things to happen during my lifetime. I felt a fear I’ve never felt this morning.
— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) June 24, 2016
— amy lamé (@amylame) June 24, 2016
I think about the possibilities for the new PM, I think about the state of the opposition, and I despair.
— Pete Fraser (@petefrasermusic) June 24, 2016
I’m trying to think of the Britain portrayed in the opening ceremony of 2012. That is the country I love and want to be a part of.
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) June 24, 2016
Not for me . For you and the young generation. https://t.co/7FSgftevlX
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) June 24, 2016
BREXIT!!! It’s a new world.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) June 24, 2016
What utterly depressing news. I’m so sorry to my friends in the UK who voted to Remain, I can’t even imagine…https://t.co/1DmIRjnmn1
— Louise O’ Neill (@oneilllo) June 24, 2016
A brave new world where hard working people lose they jobs, increased austerity and the young forced to carry the can. Fucking needless.
— Daniel Mays (@DanielMays9) June 25, 2016
— elisabeth edvardsen (@elisabethLDN) June 24, 2016
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) June 24, 2016
— Conor Pope (@conor_pope) June 24, 2016
I’m not giving up my seat to the elderly anymore. Eye for an eye.
— VUJ (@DavidVujanic) June 24, 2016
— Irish Times Opinion (@IrishTimesOpEd) June 24, 2016
Today Jo wld have remained optimistic & focussed on what she cld do to bring our country back together around our best values #MoreInCommon
— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) June 24, 2016
More than 70% of young people voted to remain. What about their voices? A staggering mandate from those living longest with this decision
— Emma Barnett (@Emmabarnett) June 24, 2016
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) June 25, 2016
And suddenly the birds are singing…..still glued to the TV though #Brexit
— Elizabeth Hurley (@ElizabethHurley) June 24, 2016