As the vote to leave the EU filtered through Britain, it took most British senior politicians a long time to speak publicly, and - except for Leave campaigner and UKIP leader Nigel Farage - just as long to Tweet.
We've got our country back. Thanks to all of you. #IndependenceDay— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 24, 2016
Bank of England statement pic.twitter.com/MTs2vaFI58— Robert Peston (@Peston) June 24, 2016
The BBC's Lyse Doucet said dramatic political change was often described as an earthquake ... this is truly one with many possible aftershocks.
ITV's Political Editor Robert Peston: "Brace yourself for political and financial tumult like little we have ever witnessed. Expect Bank of England to step in."
This is the biggest jolt to our way of life since the election of Thatcher in 1979. Will there be same pattern of huge cost then recovery?— Robert Peston (@Peston) June 24, 2016
The thing most striking to me about the #Brexit commentary is how many act as if Britain has always been in the EU with no prior sovereignty— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 24, 2016
"I've never wanted magic more," tweeted anti-Brexit Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
Scotland will seek independence now. Cameron's legacy will be breaking up two unions. Neither needed to happen. https://t.co/4MDj7pndcq— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 24, 2016
I can only wish you good luck. Anything else would be a folly.— Alison Moyet (@AlisonMoyet) June 24, 2016
Your fate is ours.#Brexit
Reaction in EU countries has been mixed.
"This is a dramatic and sad day" European Parliament President Schulz tells BBC's @dngbbc— Sofia Bettiza (@SofiaBettiza) June 24, 2016
Both Northern Ireland and Scotland voted to remain, which means they're now talking about their future.
The Government will meet this morning to discuss the #EUref result, followed by a statement by Taoiseach Enda Kenny— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 24, 2016
Does this mean there'll be a ref on united Ireland and Scottish independence #EUref— Peter (@EPeterM) June 24, 2016
The British pound dropped sharply as results came in.
UK will just have to leave the S&P too! https://t.co/bZ8CnVZCBL— Jeffrey Simpson (@DoctorJeph) June 24, 2016
GBP vs USD. Looks like free-fall. pic.twitter.com/NfRchV30vT— Russell Brown (@publicaddress) June 24, 2016
But for some Kiwis, there's a silver lining.
I have purchased multiple dresses, so who is the real winner here today #Brexit— Kerry McBride (@Kerry_McBride) June 24, 2016
Pound at lowest level since 1985, and I've found $200 of it in the whole of Chch #brexit— Ashleigh Stewart (@Ash_Stewart_) June 24, 2016
Not everyone though.
Ah, of but of course. Brexit becomes yet another factor stoking the Auckland housing market https://t.co/YgN0l5vAZb— Chris Keall (@ChrisKeall) June 24, 2016