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British Ex-Pats In Houston Talk Brexit Vote

The news of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has become a topic of discussion for the world.

Britain votes to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, which is toppling the prime minister and sending global markets plunging.

One British ex-pat who lives here in Houston — Ross Hocking — is happy with the vote.

England: Leave
Scotland: Remain
Wales: Leave
Northern Ireland: Remain

“I believe that there’s quite a lot of waste in the European government and we don’t really need them to tell us what size our bananas should be and things like that,” Hocking said. “So (it) gives us a chance to renegotiate our trade agreements.”

But British ex-pat Russell Cox of Houston is saddened by the vote.

“Having any kind of referendum like this causes a big division in the country, which is saddening,” Cox said. “I would say two-thirds of my fellow ex-pats here are remainers and one-third are leavers. It’s interesting. I’m not sure whether that’s because we’re ex-pats and we see things from a different light, or because we’re older. You know, typically I think an ex-pat is slightly older than a remainer.”

The decision launches a years-long process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the United Kingdom and what would become a 27-nation bloc, an unprecedented divorce that could take decades to complete.

Video overviews the ‘Brexit’ vote


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