ONE News Reporter
Britain has jumped. Now it is wildly searching for the parachute.
The UK's unprecedented decision to leave the European Union sent shockwaves through the country and around the world Friday, rocking financial markets, toppling Prime Minister David Cameron and even threatening the ties that bind the United Kingdom.
Britons absorbed the overwhelming realization that their anti-establishment vote has pushed the British economy into treacherous and uncertain territory and sparked a profound crisis for a bloc founded to unify Europe after the devastation of World War II.
"Leave" campaigners hailed the result as a victory for British democracy against the bureaucratic behemoth of the EU.
Conservative former London Mayor Boris Johnson said "the British people have spoken up for democracy in Britain and across Europe," while Nigel Farage, leader of the hard-right UKIndependence Party, said "the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom."
ut for the 48 per cent of British voters who wanted to remain - and for the 2 million EU nationals who live and work in Britain, but could not vote - there was sadness, anger and even panic.
At a London train station, commuter Olivia Sangster-Bullers called the result "absolutely disgusting."
"Good luck to all of us, I say, especially those trying to build a future with our children," she said.
The decision launches a yearslong process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the UK and what will become a 27-nation bloc, an unprecedented divorce that could take a decade or more to complete.
Cameron, who had led the campaign to keep Britain in the EU, said he would resign by October and left it to his successor to decide when to invoke Article 50, which triggers a departure from European Union.
"I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months," a somber Cameron said outside 10 Downing St. "But I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers the country to its next destination."
He also said he had spoken to Queen Elizabeth II "to advise her of the steps that I am taking."
In a referendum marked by notably high turnout - 72 per cent of the more than 46 million registered voters - "leave" won with 52 per cent of the votes.
A brood of ducklings took a leap of faith off a US bar roof yesterday to the bewilderment of onlookers, falling seven metres onto the hard sidewalk.
The owner of Festhalle and Biergarten in New Jersey first noticed the mother duck quacking on the sidewalk when she spotted the first duckling leap.
"I said to [the duck], ' What are you doing down here?,' and she quacked. Then a little duckling fall from the sky," bar owner Jennifer Lampert said.
The six remaining duckling proceeding to walk to the edge of the roof, spread their wings and make the jump, reports local news website Patch.
A bar employee ran out to try and catch the duckling in his cap, managing to secure two.
Remarkably, all seven ducklings survived the jump unscathed before waddling into a nearby lake.