UK votes to leave the European Union
The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, ignoring the advice of Prime Minister David Cameron.
Voters in London, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain in the European Union, while a majority of voters in England as whole and Wales voted to leave.
17,410,742 people voted to leave, compared to 16,141,241 who voted to remain, a share of 52% to 48%.
On the currency markets, the Sterling has plunged against the Dollar and the Euro. The Prime Minister claimed that millions of jobs could be put at risk. Nigel Farage along with fellow UKIP MEPS will though lose their jobs as MEPs, whenever the UK formally leaves the European Union.
Ahead of the referendum on EU membership, Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan warned that leaving the EU could damage LGBT rights in the UK.
PinkNews spoke to , four Members of Parliament about the potential impact on LGBT people.
Last week, Sir Ian McKellen reaffirmed his support for the UK staying in the EU – claiming it makes “no sense” for gay people to back Brexit.
His comments came after Crispin Blunt, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, wrote for PinkNews accusing the ‘In’ campaign of scaremongering on LGBT rights
Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also told PinkNews that he thought leaving the EU could be damaging for LGBT people.