Blog: Dean BestThe Brexiteers are here, here and here

Dean Best | 24 June 2016

Wow. Your correspondent is penning this blog following precious little sleep after the combination of a humid night in London and the emergence of the most significant event in UK history since 1945 made sleep tricky on Thursday night.

Yesterday, UK voters gave their verdict on the country's membership of the EU, stunning much of the country and, no doubt, much of the rest of the planet.

So what now? A little more than eight hours after Brexit was officially announced, a sense of uncertainty is swirling around much of the UK, mixed in with the delight of those who wanted the country to leave the EU.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he will step down by the Conservative Party conference in October but also said this morning it would be his successor who would trigger article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, which will officially pave the way for the UK's departure from the EU. There will then be a period of negotiations - likely lasting two years - between London and Brussels on the new relationship between the UK and the EU.

The food industry has been giving its reaction throughout the day. You can catch up on the initial thoughts of companies from Nestle, Unilever and Mondelez International to Greencore and Quorn Foods on our live blog.

Analysts at Rabobank have penned an exclusive column for us, setting out their early assessment of how Brexit could affect the food industry.

In the weeks and months ahead, just-food will seek to provide you with the latest news and views on the UK's departure from the EU, with fresh comment to go live on the site in the coming days.

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