Brexit in brief, plus all the news, longreads + funny stuff you may have missed this week...
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- David Cameron has announced he will step down as prime minister after the Brexit campaign’s victory in the EU referendum. He will stay on until October, he announced in an emotional statement on the steps of Downing Street. ‘I will do everything I can to steady the ship, but I do not feel it would be right to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination,’ he said.
- Brexit won with 52% of the vote. 17,410,742 voted to leave the EU, 16,141,241 voted to remain. The turnout was 72% of the electorate.
- So what happens next? The BBC has a handy guide.
- Time to revisit Deborah Talbot's piece on how Brexit might affect UK families.
- As a result of the vote, the pound dropped by 11% to its lowest level in three decades.
- During an appearance on Good Morning Britain, Ukip leader Nigel Farage said that the Leave campaign’s pre-referendum pledge that £350m would be spent on the NHS was a mistake.
- At the Guardian, Jonathan Freedland writes that the vote for Brexit ‘exposes England as a land divided’, while Tim Stanley, writing for the Telegraph, said that the result was a ‘vote of confidence in Britain’.
- Perhaps the most incisive political punditry of the night was provided by a live Twitter commentary by Lindsay Lohan (yes, that one). She loves the Shetlands and wished Britain ‘good luck with the pound’
- Huffington Post provides an entertaining rundown of the referendum battle’s most ludicrous moments.
- Hashtag of the week: #CatsForRemain. They won the battle but not the war.
- Turnout was also high in the canine community (particularly in the Barking area) as #dogsatpollingstations trended once again.
OTHER NEWS IN BRIEF
- In the US, Democrats in the House of Representatives staged a 24-hour sit-in protest in an attempt to force a vote on gun control
- A provisional trial date of November 14 has been set for Thomas Mair, the man accused of murdering Jo Cox MP.
- The grandfather of murdered six-year-old Ellie Butler has disowned his daughter Jennie Gray after she was found guilty on Tuesday of child cruelty. Gray, whose husband Ben Butler was found guilty of Ellie’s murder, previously admitted perverting the course of the justice. She was jailed for 42 months. Butler was sentenced to serve a minimum of 23 years.
- Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin died after he was struck by his own car in a freak accident at his LA home.
- Oscar Pistorius has given his first TV interview since killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkampf, in which he insists his shooting of her was not premeditated. He also said Reeva would not want him to spend his life in prison. The former Paralympian will be sentenced for her murder on July 6.
- iPhone fans are upset at rumours the upcoming iPhone 7 may not include a headphones socket.
- Glastonbury Festival is up and running after a muddy, trafficy start. Muse headlined the Pyramid Stage last night (Friday), Adele tops the bill tonight (Saturday) and Coldplay close festivities on Sunday night.
- Having decided never to give up his pop career, Rick Astley's latest album has gone straight to number one. Here are ten things you didn’t know about the Rickster (featuring ISIS and cider).
- The trailer for David’s Brent’s big screen outing, Life on the Road, has been released
- At the European Championships all the home nations are safely through to the last 16, with Wales playing Northern Ireland on Saturday night, and England facing Iceland on Monday. Ireland are through to play hosts France on Sunday, after a dramatic victory over Italy on Monday. The Irish fans are continuing to make plenty of friends on the other side of the channel, with one group serenading a young woman and another drunkenly singing lullabies to a baby on a bus.
- One person who’s not feeling the love, however, is Ronaldo, who gave a reporter, and his microphone, short shrift after being interrupted while out on a stroll.
- After clinching their three-match series against Australia last weekend, England’s rugby team is going for a historic 3-0 whitewash against their hosts in in Sydney this Saturday morning.
- Irish passports: Surge in applications from UK residents expected.
- Breeders: Britain’s population has reached a record high of 65.1 million
- Children’s bed linen: Story-telling Forivor and colour-pop loving Willa & The Bear were among the stand-out stands at the latest kidswear trade shows.
- London tech: Twitter has paid $150 million to acquire UK start-up Magic Pony, which uses robot technology to scan and edit photos.
- British Summer Time: Where is it? We have paddling pools and water guns and want to use them.
- Wet wipes: Flushing wet wipes down the loo is causing littered beaches and blocked sewers, warns the Marine Conservation Society.
- Attention spans: New app, Joosr, condenses non-fiction books, such as A Brief History of Time, down to 15 minute reads.
- WhatsApp-lag: When one of your group chats goes mad when you leave your phone for five minutes, and you find 231 unread messages when you come back.
- Give Angelina Jolie a chance. She guest-edited a special edition of Woman’s Hour and she wasn’t insufferable but articulate, passionate and hugely well-informed.
- Do you want to write a novel? Booker Prize winner DBC Pierre provides a handy guide on Vice. Top tips include, ‘On a first draft, or if you're under pressure, cocaine could probably work’.
- Mark Zuckerberg covers the webcam on his laptop – should we do the same? The New York Times investigates.