Eurosceptics were triumphant Friday after Britain voted to leave the EU and swiftly demanded referendums in their own countries, amid growing concerns Europe's hard-won unity may start to crumble away.
Britain's vote to become the first country to leave the EU, as projected by national media, is a shattering blow that threatens the survival of the post-war European project, officials and analysts said.
Britain has voted to break out of the European Union, national media declared Friday, striking a thunderous blow against the bloc and spreading alarm through markets as sterling plummeted to a 31-year low against the dollar.
Results so far in Britain's historic referendum point to a nation divided, with London and Scotland voting to stay in the European Union but Wales and large swathes of England, particularly the north, backing a Brexit.
The battle over Britain's future in the European Union turned into a white knuckle ride Friday as early results from a historic referendum showed a greater-than-expected chance of the island nation leaving the 28-nation bloc.