Europe

Britons celebrate, bemoan EU exit vote

  • A man lays down on the green in Parliament Square as the sun rises behind the Houses of Parliament in London, Friday, June 24, 2016. Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, according to tallies of official results Friday.  (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE

    A man lays down on the green in Parliament Square as the sun rises behind the Houses of Parliament in London, Friday, June 24, 2016. Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, according to tallies of official results Friday. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

  • A man lays down on the green in Parliament Square as the sun rises behind the Houses of Parliament in London, Friday, June 24, 2016. Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, according to tallies of official results Friday.  (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE

    A man lays down on the green in Parliament Square as the sun rises behind the Houses of Parliament in London, Friday, June 24, 2016. Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, according to tallies of official results Friday. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

  • A Vote Remain poster lies discarded on the ground in London's Parliament Square, Friday, June 24, 2016. Britain entered uncharted waters Friday after the country voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, according to a projection by all main U.K. broadcasters.  (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE

    A Vote Remain poster lies discarded on the ground in London's Parliament Square, Friday, June 24, 2016. Britain entered uncharted waters Friday after the country voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, according to a projection by all main U.K. broadcasters. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

Britain woke up a divided country on Friday as people reacted with jubilation and relief or shock and anger to the result of a historic vote that signals a historic shift in the country's relationship with Europe.

At London's Billingsgate market, vendors were delighted.

"Absolutely wonderful, best news ever," said Allen Laurence, 65. "We want England — or Great Britain — to come back how it was years ago, and it's going the way that we want it to go."

Commuters at the main train station in the well-heeled southwest London borough of Richmond, which voted overwhelmingly to remain, expressed anger and frustration at the vote.

"I'm quite shocked really," said Martin Laidler. "My 9-year-old daughter asked me to vote to remain, so I was voting for her future."