Here is my analysis of the vote* to leave the EU, what it means and what it may mean elsewhere in the community ...
For some it was an occasion for sadness and concern, for others a source of thinly-veiled relief. For Eurosceptics in some European Union countries, Britain’s decision to end 43 years of membership served as an inspiration.
“It is a victory for liberty," declared Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far right Front National (FN) who joined her Dutch counterpart, Geert Wilders, in demanding referendums for their nations.
Both the FN and Mr Wilders’s Freedom party are deeply anti-Islam and interpret the outcome of the British vote as a response not only to EU encroachment on national sovereignty but also its failure to cope effectively with large-scale immigration, chiefly from Muslim countries.