Britain's 'Brexit' Results Point to Exit from EU
✎ In a historic decision, Britain voted to leave the European Union as major British media forecast victory in a referendum that stoked passions on issues of immigration and sovereignty.
✎ With most of the votes counted by early Friday, the “Leave” cause led by four percentage points. The news prompted a negative reaction in Asian markets and the British pound tumbled to a three-decade low.
♢ prompt：带来，导致。托福常考词汇，同义词：cause/ bring about
♢ tumble=fall 跌落
✎ Turnout was high, at more than 70 percent, despite torrential rainstorms on referendum day, reflecting the strong feelings that the debate evoked in a nation whose immigration rate has doubled in the past 16 years.
♢ turnout 到场人数
♢ referendum 公民投票
✎ “Let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day,” anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage, told supporters in Westminster early Friday. Farage heads Britain’s UK Independence Party, which favors implementing tough immigration restrictions. He said the election predictions would be “a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, a victory for decent people.”
♢ go down 记下
♢ implement 实施
♢ immigration restriction 移民限制
✎ Analysts say the voters’ decision to quit the EU means Cameron has lost much of his mandate and is now under pressure to resign. The man who led the Leave campaign, former London Mayor Boris Johnson, also of Cameron’s Conservative Party, is widely expected to replace him as prime minister.
分析师说，选民投票脱欧的决定意味着卡梅伦已失去了其大部分号召力，且正面临辞职的压力。领导脱欧宣传的前伦敦市长 Boris Johnson，也属于卡梅伦的保守党，被大多数人认为会取代卡梅伦成为首相。
♢ mandate 权力
♢ under pressure 在压力之下，处于压力中
✎ Analysts say that disengagement may take two or more years to complete.
✎ Voters appeared to have defied calls by government and business, which forecast dire economic consequences for Britain. The British treasury predicted that leaving the EU would cost the average family nearly $6,000 a year.
✎ Business leaders warned that new immigration restrictions that could result from a Brexit would cause them to transfer thousands of British jobs to countries still in the EU.
♢ disengagement 脱离
♢ take 花费
♢ defy 蔑视
♢ dire economic consequences 严重经济后果
♢ Brexit=British exit 英国退出
✎ In the end, British voters appeared to choose the risk of independence over what many Leave supporters view as overreach by an undemocratic EU governing apparatus that is only getting bigger and more intrusive.
♢ appear to 似乎
♢choose A over B 宁可做A也不做B
♢ overreach 过多干涉