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In Out – the Brexit Vote Six Months On

by Andy Rain

epa05656181 A b/w version of epa05259839 EU IN and OUT bar coasters are pinned to ale taps at a pub in Westminster, London, Britain, 15 April 2016. The EU referendum campaign officially kicked off the same day with the 'Britain Stronger in Europe' and 'Vote Leave' to begin criss crossing the UK in order to get their message to the voters. Britain will vote on 23 June 2016 wether to remain in the EU or to leave. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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EU IN and OUT bar coasters are pinned to ale taps at a pub in Westminster, London, Britain, 15 April 2016. The EU referendum campaign officially kicked off the same day with the ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’ and ‘Vote Leave’ to begin criss crossing the UK in order to get their message to the voters. epa/Andy Rain

It was like that old party song the Okey-Cokey. Put your left arm in, your right arm out, in out, in out, shake it all about….. But this wasn’t a party. This was serious politics. A nation voting In or Out of the world’s largest trading block. In the lead up to the June 23rd vote, campaigning had become
dirty, nasty politics….the gloves were off. Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage in support for ‘Leave’ travelled the country, as did the Prime Minister David Cameron who led the ‘IN’ campaign.

US President Barack Obama intervened with a visit to Downing Street calling for a ‘Remain’ vote. The tabloid Sun got involved as it blazoned its front page with the lead, ‘Queen Backs Brexit’. And so it was on that Friday morning June 24th the country awaited a decision that would
change the face of Britain and its people for decades to come.

I woke at 4.30am that morning and turned on the television set. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The BBC’s David Dimbleby was calling it for Leave. Leave had won! The United Kingdom
had voted to leave the European Union, he went on. Scrambling to put my clothes on
and get my gear together, I headed out into a murky summer’s morning to the home of Boris Johnson. When I arrived at 5.15 am there were five or six photographers gathered outside Johnson’s home.

By 7am that number had grown to some sixty or seventy people. Photographers, broadcast media and bystanders. Shock and dismay lingered in the fresh morning air. By 8am Prime Minister David Cameron was delivering his statement of resignation in the street at Downing Street. Jostling for positions we all awaited Johnson’s departure. Was he Prime Minister in waiting, crossed everyone’s mind. We all thought it. Few muttered it.

Boris exited his home amidst the chaos of a media scrum and a country that had changed over night. He swept passed us. The police line between him and us. Disbelief covered his face.
For the first time Boris said nothing. “Wanker”, shouted a man from across the street.
“ You’ve ruined my future Boris”, shouted another. He was gone. Anger was all that remained.

In Downing Street there was a deep sense of shock. A sadness hung over the media as if everyone’s mother had died.

In the hours and days that followed senior politicians grappled for power. Theresa May was In and David Cameron was Out. ‘Brexit means Brexit’ we were told, and we’re going to make the best of it! A team of Brexitiers was formed to drive us forward.

EU politicians wasted no time with visits to Downing Street. Theresa May welcomed President of the European Council Donald Tusk to No.10. There was no room for pleasantries or warm words. ‘You must invoke article 50’, shot Tusk, with a steely stare. May grimaced unable to look him the eye. In those weeks over the summer of 2016 politics had never been so exciting, so explosive. That simple choice between IN or OUT had become more complex, divisive and painful than any of us could have imagined.

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epa05656142 A b/w version of epa05171798 British Prime Minister David Cameron walks out of No. 10 Downing Street to deliver a statement on his EU deal in London, Britain, 20 February 2016. Cameron briefed his cabinet on the EU deal and announced the date for Britain to vote in a EU referendum for 23 June 2016. EPA/ANDY RAIN EPA/ANDY RAIN

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British Prime Minister David Cameron walks out of No. 10 Downing Street to deliver a statement on his EU deal in London, Britain, 20 February 2016. Cameron briefed his cabinet on the EU deal and announced the date for Britain to vote in a EU referendum for 23 June 2016. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656144 A b/w version of epa05422842 Media gather at Downing Street in London, Britain, 13 July 2016. Theresa May is to become Britain's Prime Minister later in the day after a meeting with the Queen and will set about building a new cabinet. EPA/ANDY RAIN EPA/ANDY RAIN

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Media gather at Downing Street in London, Britain, 13 July 2016. Theresa May is to become Britain’s Prime Minister later in the day after a meeting with the Queen and will set about building a new cabinet. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656146 A b/w version of epa05202795 Copies of Britain's 'The Sun' newspapers are sold at a store in London, Britain, 09 March 2016. The Sun newspaper has published a story indicating that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was backing for a Brexit on its front page on 09 March. Buckingham palace has stated that the Queen is 'politically neutral' over the EU referendum which is scheduled to be held in Britain on 23 June 2016. EPA/ANDY RAIN EPA/ANDY RAIN

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Copies of Britain’s ‘The Sun’ newspapers are sold at a store in London, Britain, 09 March 2016. The Sun newspaper has published a story indicating that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was backing for a Brexit on its front page on 09 March. Buckingham palace has stated that the Queen is ‘politically neutral’ over the EU referendum. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656149 A b/w version of epa05526854 (L-R) British Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade Liam Fox, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson and British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis leave after a first cabinet meeting at Downing Street in London, Britain, 06 September 2016, since summer parliamentary recess. EPA/ANDY RAIN EPA/ANDY RAIN

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(L-R) British Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade Liam Fox, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson and British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis leave after a first cabinet meeting at Downing Street in London, Britain, 06 September 2016, since summer parliamentary recess. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656150 A b/w version of epa05525660 Pro Brexit supporters protest outside of the parliament calling for Article 50 to be invoked in London, Britain, 05 September 2016. Brexit Minister David Davis' is delivering a statement to the Commons on the government's latest plans for leaving the EU. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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Pro Brexit supporters protest outside of the parliament calling for Article 50 to be invoked in London, Britain, 05 September 2016. Brexit Minister David Davis’ is delivering a statement to the Commons on the government’s latest plans for leaving the EU. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656151 A b/w version of epa05525662 Pro Brexit supporters protest outside of the parliament calling for Article 50 to be invoked in London, Britain, 05 September 2016. Brexit Minister David Davis' is delivering a statement to the Commons on the government's latest plans for leaving the EU. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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Pro Brexit supporters protest outside of the parliament calling for Article 50 to be invoked in London, Britain, 05 September 2016. Brexit Minister David Davis’ is delivering a statement to the Commons on the government’s latest plans for leaving the EU. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656152 A b/w version of epa05423408 New British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) with her husband Philip (R) wave to the media upon their arrival at No. 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain, 13 July 2016. Theresa May has become Britain's Prime Minister - succeeding David Cameron - after a meeting with the Queen and will begin building a new cabinet. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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New British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) with her husband Philip (R) wave to the media upon their arrival at No. 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain, 13 July 2016. Theresa May has become Britain’s Prime Minister – succeeding David Cameron – after a meeting with the Queen and will begin building a new cabinet. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656155 A b/w version of epa05603306 Outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron (C, back to camera) is accompanied by his wife Samantha (R) and their children as they hug on the doorsteps upon their departure from No. 10 Downing Street for the last time, in London, Britain, 13 July 2016. Britain's current Home Secretary Theresa May was to become Britain's new Prime Minister later in the day after a meeting with the Queen. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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Outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron (C, back to camera) is accompanied by his wife Samantha (R) and their children as they hug on the doorsteps upon their departure from No. 10 Downing Street for the last time, in London, Britain, 13 July 2016. Britain’s current Home Secretary Theresa May was to become Britain’s new Prime Minister later in the day after a meeting with the Queen. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656160 A b/w version of epa05420880 Prime Minister in waiting Theresa May (C) is applauded as she delivers a statement outside parliament in London, Britain, 11 July 2016. May is expected to become Britain's second female Prime Minister on Wednesday, 13 July 2016. Others are not identified. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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Prime Minister in waiting Theresa May (C) is applauded as she delivers a statement outside parliament in London, Britain, 11 July 2016. May is expected to become Britain’s second female Prime Minister on Wednesday, 13 July 2016. Others are not identified. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656161 A b/w version of epa05237461 UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage poses for pictures with supporters outside the Electoral Commission in London, Britain, 31 March 2016. EU-exit campaign Grassroots Out (GO) submitted its application to the Electoral Commission for designation in the EU referendum. Britain will vote 23 June wether to remain or leave the EU. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage poses for pictures with supporters outside the Electoral Commission in London, Britain, 31 March 2016. EU-exit campaign Grassroots Out (GO) submitted its application to the Electoral Commission for designation in the EU referendum. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656162 A b/w version of epa05387894 Copies of the London daily newspaper the Evening Standard run the Brexit story on its front page in London, Britain, 24 June 2016. London's financial centre has reacted negatively following the news that Britain voted to leave the EU. Prime Minister David Cameron has also stated he will resign. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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Copies of the London daily newspaper the Evening Standard run the Brexit story on its front page in London, Britain, 24 June 2016. London’s financial centre has reacted negatively following the news that Britain voted to leave the EU. Prime Minister David Cameron also stated he would resign. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656163 A b/w version of epa05387258 Former London Mayor Boris Johnson departs his home in London, , 24 June 2016. Britain's Leave Campaign won the UK EU Referendum by 52 to 48 per cent 24 June. Prime Minister David Cameron has anounced his resignation effective October 2016, EPA/ANDY RAIN

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Former London Mayor Boris Johnson departs his home in London, , 24 June 2016. Britain’s Leave Campaign won the UK EU Referendum by 52 to 48 per cent 24 June. Prime Minister David Cameron has anounced his resignation effective October 2016. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656164 A b/w version of epa05387938 Reporters watch British Prime Minister David Cameron announce his resignation on their mobile phones outside the home of Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson in London, Britain, 24 June 2016. London's financial centre has reacted negatively following the news that Britain voted to leave the EU. Prime Minister David Cameron has also stated he will resign. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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Reporters watch British Prime Minister David Cameron announce his resignation on their mobile phones outside the home of Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson in London, Britain, 24 June 2016. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656174 A b/w version of epa05272214 British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) welcomes U.S President Barack Obama to 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 22 April 2016. President Obama is on a three day visit to the UK where he will also meet with the Queen in Windsor. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes U.S President Barack Obama to 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 22 April 2016. President Obama is on a three day visit to the UK where he will also meet with the Queen. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656175 A b/w version of epa05170829 'Grassroots EU Out' demonstrators dressed in costumes depicting British Prime Minister David Cameron protest on Whitehall in London, Britain, 19 February 2016. Cameron is hoping to get a deal on EU reform at the EU Summit as talks continue into the night. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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‘Grassroots EU Out’ demonstrators dressed in costumes depicting British Prime Minister David Cameron protest on Whitehall in London, Britain, 19 February 2016. Cameron is hoping to get a deal on EU reform at the EU Summit as talks continue into the night. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656176 A b/w version of epa05205923 London Mayor Boris Johnson delivers a 'Vote Leave' speech in Dartford, Kent, south-east Engand, 11 March 2016. Britain will vote in an EU referendum June 23 whether to stay in or to leave the EU. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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London Mayor Boris Johnson delivers a ‘Vote Leave’ speech in Dartford, Kent, south-east England, 11 March 2016. B. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656177 A b/w version of epa04912319 UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks during the 'EU NO Campaign' in London, Britain, 04 September 2015. Farage is calling for Britain to leave the European Union. Britain is to hold an in out referendum on the EU by 2017. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks during the ‘EU NO Campaign’ in London, Britain, 04 September 2015. Farage is calling for Britain to leave the European Union. Britain is to hold an in out referendum on the EU by 2017.epa/Andy Rain

epa05656178 A b/w version of epa05530026 British Prime Minister Theresa May (R) welcomes President of the European Council Donald Tusk (L) to 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 08 September 2016. May and Tusk held talks on Britain's exit from the European Union. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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British Prime Minister Theresa May (R) welcomes President of the European Council Donald Tusk (L) to 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 08 September 2016. May and Tusk held talks on Britain’s exit from the European Union. epa/Andy Rain

epa05656180 A b/w version of epa05247934 A Vote Leave campaign poster on a window ledge at the Vote Leave offices in London, Britain, 07 April 2016. Britain will hold a referendum on wether to remain or leave the European Union 23 June 2016. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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A Vote Leave campaign poster on a window ledge at the Vote Leave offices in London, Britain, 07 April 2016. Britain. epa/Andy Rain

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