Last week the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, immediately causing Prime Minister David Cameron to resign, the pound to plummet, France to become the 5th largest economy in the world, and Brits who voted #Remain to quickly begin to #Regrexit.
Meanwhile, in France, reactions to the Brexit have been less drastic (despite François Hollande’s “deep regret” over the whole situation).
Saturday’s cover of the French newspaper Libération poked fun at Britain’s exit from the EU, with the image of Boris Johnson—the mayor of London and a huge Brexit supporter—on a zip-line accompanied with the words “Good Luck.”
While the French government has said that the Brexit won’t affect borders between France and the U.K., economically, France could really benefit from the Brexit. Paris is opening its arms to all the dejected businesses and financiers who are now escaping London, and some economists are saying that while the Brexit may hurt British economy, it could save the EU.
This tweet sums it up pretty well:
Meanwhile London-based businesses are like:
But not all of France was calm in the face of Britain’s panicked exit. The conservative Front National leader Marine Le Pen, who is known for her far-right xenophobic views about immigrants and the refugee crisis in Europe, called for a #Frexit, but was immediately shot down by President Hollande.
Dutch far-right political leader Geert Wilders is also calling for a referendum in the Netherlands, which has been dubbed the #Nexit. With all of these hashtags, Europe’s future could look a little like this:
And here in the U.S., the fear is that the Brexit is a prediction of what could happen come November with Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. Not only was Trump a fan of the Brexit, he also shares something with the all of the conservative Leave campaign’s biggest supporters:
Finally, with France’s President Hollande and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel calling for the U.K. to leave the EU as soon as possible, there seems to be a bit of “ good riddance” in their attitude.
Not exactly like this video, but maybe a little: