Forty one years after voting to stay within the European Union (known as the European Economic Community in 1975), Britain, through a noisy, battle-scarred referendum, decided to exit the EU in June 2016. But only just—51.9 per cent who voted were in favour, while a close 48.1 per cent wanted Britain to stay. Finally, Brexit, the portmanteau word derived from Grexit, happened, stunning the world at large.
Political gambles have often gone wrong for milquetoast characters, but British Prime Minister David Cameron, on the right hand side on our cover, is made of sterner stuff. In his first term, he had become Britain’s second youngest Prime Minister ever. He has a formidable political track record on the back of which he was re-elected for a second term as Prime Minister in May 2015. He chose to gamble on a referendum on Britain’s future within the EU, little expecting that it would heavily scorch his political career. When Brexit happened on June 23, 2016, Mr Cameron immediately announced that he’d resign as Prime Minister before the Conservative party’s autumn conference starting October 2, 2016.
His bête noire, Mr Nigel Farage, who at the time of going to print has quit as leader of the UK Independent Party and is on the left had side in our cover, called the June 23 verdict as “Britain’s Independence Day”. He remained an often volatile, yet key figure in the call for British exit from the EU. Shrill and outspoken, Mr Farage believes that Britain will not be the only country to leave the EU in the future. As for quitting the UKIP, Mr Farage says that he’s done his bit for the party which he finds is in a pretty good place. He is all for a Brexit Prime Minister.