The FTSE 100 fell more than 7% within minutes as markets opened on Friday morning, the pound plummeted to a low not seen since 1985 and experts have already questioned the Euro’s very survival.
Leave won 51.9% of the total vote to Remain’s 48.1% after the final count. Turnout in the referendum was 71.8% - with more than 30 million people voting.
For those who voted Remain, it is a bleak morning as they made clear the result was not in their name.
Demographics show a clear age split in the vote with older people tending to vote Leave and younger people backing Remain, a fact not lost on many.
Despite an on-the-day poll predicting a win for Remain, Leave voters turned out in droves in order to take the UK out of the EU.
The Leave campaign swept up millions of votes across the north of England, the Midlands, the South East and Wales.
Remain votes in Scotland and London were not enough to hold back the Brexit tide.
Many people saw the result as a victory for the far-right.
Another side of the hashtag however called for the will of the majority to be respected.