EU referendum: How newspapers around the world are reacting to Brexit

Jake Cordell
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Europe's press were either disappointed, shocked or vindictive at the UK's decision to leave the EU
Europe's press were either disappointed, shocked or vindictive at the UK's decision to leave the EU

Today is the first chance newspapers from around the world had to respond to Thursday's historic vote to Leave the European Union.

It's fair to say they've been as split after the result as they were before the vote even took place, ranging from the outright celebratory to fears that the end of the world is nigh.

Overseas, the reaction has been a mix of bewilderment, regret and confusion.

The Sun

The Sun, which urged voters to "BeLEAVE in Britain" just days before the vote, left the champagne-popping for the inside pages, leading on an exclusive covering the reasons why David Cameron decided to quit.

The Daily Mail

The Mail congratulated the UK for choosing the "right" decision and said it was a victory for ordinary people.

The Mirror

Speaking for people on probably both sides of the campaign, The Mirror focused on a teary Samantha Cameron who may well also be wondering where the UK goes from here

The Guardian

The Guardian, which backed staying in the EU but is no fan of Cameron, it's fair to say, went on yesterday's top development - the prime minister's resignation - on a day when any of a dozen stories would have made top billing on any other day of the week.

Financial Times

The Financial Times also supported remaining in the EU. The expression of a shocked David Cameron on its front page was probably mirrored across news rooms, trading floors and living rooms across the country.

Daily Express

Not yet we're not, with years of negotiations on the horizon. The Daily Express front page celebrates what it calls the "world's most successful newspaper crusade".

The Telegraph

The Telegraph also leads on one of the most poignant pictures of yesterday, as a silent Samantha Cameron watched her husband announce his resignation.

The New Yorker

In a special Brexit edition, The New Yorker combines the cliffs of Dover and English toff to demonstrate just what it thinks of the UK's decision to go it along.

What's that in the top right corner? That's right, the magazine will land on 4 July, US independence day.


France wishes the UK bon chance outside the EU.


German tabloid Bild, which previously offered to recognise the 1966 World Cup Final goal and reserve spots on the beach for Brits if the UK voted to stay, has a different kind of invitation this morning.

Der Spiegel

Sticking in Germany, Der Spiegel asks what the UK withdrawal will mean for the rest of the continent.

Le Monde

France's top paper Le Monde plays the straight bat: "The UK leaves Europe", it told readers today.

Wall Street Journal

The WSJ leads on the market fallout from Brexit, after US stock markets suffered one of their worst days since the financial crisis in response to the vote and the chances of a rate rise from the Federal Reserve slipped back.