The aftermath of the vote sent global markets plunging and will likely lead to unprecedented divorce that could take decades to complete.
"The dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom," Nigel Farage, leader of the U.K. Independence Party, told the Associated Press. "Let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day!"
The UK would be the first major country to leave the EU, which was born from the ashes of World War II.