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'British stun the world': how the world's media reacted to Brexit


By Jon Brady, Photographer/Reporter

June 24, 2016 | 2 min read

Hours after the result of the UK's referendum on membership of the European Union became clear, the world media west of Britain is waking up to the news that could have a large impact on economies across the globe.

World papers react to Brexit

World's newspapers react to Brexit

The Washington Post, in its first edition, noted that the value of sterling was already dipping, and that Asian markets were reacting. "European leaders say their ambitions to build a more united continent may be on hold after the bitter campaign exposed deeper troubles within the 28-nation alliance," reads their first report.


The New York Times led with 'British Stun World', over other domestic American stories. The decision to leave, the paper noted, was "a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world, rattle the Continent and rock political establishments throughout the West".

NYT brexit

The New York Post, one of the United States' more tabloid newspapers, squeezes Brexit in at the bottom of the front page with a single exclamation: "Blimey!"

NYP Brexit

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, the San Francisco Chronicle branded the decision to leave a 'shocker'.


Brazilian newspaper O Globo is one of several newspapers in the country to lead with the Brexit vote, addressing it as "a decision that opens up a future of uncertainty for the European Union and the United Kingdom".

O Globo Brexit

English-language Argentinean newspaper the Buenos Aires Herald commented in its first edition on the knife-edge balance between the vote early last night.

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