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UK to exit UN? Fox News makes Brexit acronym blunder

But voters can thankfully be at rest: Britain voted to leave the EU

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Americans watching Fox News on Friday may have been a little surprised by this morning’s shattering news: that Britain voted to leave the UN instead of the EU.

The conservative news network, which reaches around 80 percent of US households, briefly broadcasted the erroneous news headline on screen. It read “British PM says he will step down. UK votes to leave the UN.”

But voters can thankfully be at rest: Britain voted to leave the EU, a move widely referred to as “Brexit”, not the New York-based UN, which it has been a member of since 1945.

Britain's decision at a referendum on Thursday forced the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealt the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two.

The campaign revealed deep splits in British society, with the pro-Brexit side drawing support from voters who felt left behind by globalization and blamed EU immigration for low wages.

Older voters backed Brexit; the young mainly wanted to stay in. London and Scotland supported the EU, but swathes of England that have not shared in the capital's prosperity voted to leave.


(With Reuters)