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The vote that set cartoonists off

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&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/cartoonink">Patrick LaMontagne</a>, Canada

British satirists are reacting to the Brexit vote with mostly dismay, doomsday scenarios — and a new head of hair ("leave" campaigner Boris Johnson's). But we wondered what cartoonists outside of Britain were drawing. A number of themes have emerged. 

1. David Cameron, you are so outta here!

2. We're an island, we've always been an island, and darn it, we'll be just fine on our own, thank you very much!

3. Did I hear that right? You're actually leaving? What?

4. The idea that Brexit spells peril for the fate of the European Union. 

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Think of the European Union as a club, a club with economic benefits.

“A single market is something we don’t even think about in the United States. But a single market allows us not to have to pay extra tariffs or customs duties,” explains Michelle Egan, a fellow with the Global Europe program at the Wilson Center in Washington.

“It means that we can trade across borders, trade across markets and have ease of currency transactions. So it allows us also as consumers to have more choice.”

So Brexit happened. What's next?

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Stefan Wermuth/Reuters&nbsp;

It’s the first time a country has withdrawn from the European Union, and what happens next for both the EU and the UK is far from clear.

British Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters Friday morning that he would step down this fall, having based his mandate to lead on staying in the EU.

It will be up to Cameron’s successor to officially secede from the union by invoking something called Article 50 from the EU treaty.

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David Moir/ Reuters

President Barack Obama responded to the Brexit vote with reassurance.

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When Nepal was hit by a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April 2015, Rajesh Shrestha happened to be outside, walking with his sister. His leg was hurt by rubble from a collapsing wall, but he survived. His mother was still at home, just across the street.

She was crushed when the roof of their house collapsed, one of more than 8,000 people who were killed by the earthquake and its numerous aftershocks.

Explainer: The Brexit aftermath, in charts

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Lucas Jackson/Reuters

At a glance, here are several insights and effects from the UK's vote to leave the European Union.

Young voters didn't want to break away

If the vote had been only among those under 50, the United Kingdom would have chosen, by a comfortable margin, to remain in the EU. If it had been among voters 18-24, that would have been a landslide, according to a YouGov poll. As the polling group concluded: "Those who must live with result of the EU Referendum the longest want to remain." Others noted that those with a longer exposure to the EU wanted to leave.

When the EU was cool

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Kevin Coombs/Reuters

Britain’s relationship with things European has long been a complex and confusing one. As a Brit living in the US I get asked about it a lot.

Twenty years ago it was actually my job try to bring some sense of order to that confusion. I was living in London, running a BBC radio program called Euro News, broadcast each weekday on the national news and sports network, Radio Five Live. The Maastricht Treaty that created the European Union had been signed just four years earlier. It was a transformational time.

Many celebrities have been banned over the years from visiting or performing in various foreign countries. Alec Badwin was banned from the Philippines, 50 Cent from Canada and Snoop Dogg from Norway, just to name a few. We put together a list of some of the more interesting and outrageous cases.

Sometimes the reasons are straight forward, like vulgarity or "questionable morality," and other times the reasons are rooted in a country’s culture, political stance or religion.

Iceland smites soccer giants with Thor-powered tweets

Jun 23, 2016
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It all starts with a warning.

And it keeps getting better.

Britain’s first ‘Brexit’: 286 A.D.

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If Britain does move to quit a united Europe, it won't be the first time. That honor goes to the Roman province of Britannia in 286 AD. The Brits broke away from Roman control and set up their own independent empire, which lasted a decade.

At that time, most of Europe was united under the Roman Empire, and Britain enjoyed all the benefits of free trade and a single currency, free movement of people, and of course Roman roads, sanitation, justice and security. So what happened to make these ancient Britons quit such a comfortable set-up?

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