- Title: Brexit-style shock as Trump makes dramatic gains in election race
- Date: 9th November 2016
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 9, 2016) (REUTERS) PEOPLE GATHERED AT U.S. EMBASSY / U.S. FLAG PROJECTED ON CEILING ELECTION COVERAGE ON TV SCREEN / PEOPLE GATHERED U.S. EMBASSY EMBLEM BALLOONS IN FRONT OF SCREEN DONALD TRUMP AND HILLARY CLINTON MASKS BADGES READING (English): "Love trumps hate." "I'm with her" T-SHIRT READING (English): "Vote Republican" PEOPLE WATCHING ELECTION RESULTS UNFOLD VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WATCHING TV SCREEN READING (English): "Trump wins key state of Ohio" WOMAN WATCHING PEOPLE WATCHING RESULTS CHAIRWOMAN OF REPUBLICAN OVERSEAS UK, MALISE SUNDSTROM, CHATTING WITH WOMAN SUNDSTROM'S BADGE READING (English): "Trump - Pence - Make America great again" (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRWOMAN OF REPUBLICAN OVERSEAS UK, MALISE SUNDSTROM, SAYING: "But I don't think that many need to worry so much in that, like Brexit, once some of the uncertainty is removed, markets will stabilise. I think once he establishes his cabinet, once he lays out his plans, people will be able to make their own plans. I think one man, in one election year, in one branch of government, is not going to end the world as people are saying - I think it will be fine." POSTER OF U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA / RED, WHITE AND BLUE BALLOONS VARIOUS OF MUSICIAN FROM TEXAS, JOSH PEARSON, POSING WITH COWBOY HAT IN FRONT OF TV SCREEN (SOUNDBITE) (English) MUSICIAN FROM TEXAS, JOSH PEARSON, SAYING: "Yeah absolutely - no-one thought it could happen, and it happened. All of my British friends (said) there's no way Brexit could happen, and I as a foreigner thought you know what, I think this is gonna happen. Because it has a deeper disconnect at heart. There are some people who really feel do feel disenfranchised and feel their country and their world is slipping away - they don't want that to happen, and definitely the same thing is happening in America." RED AND WHITE BALLOONS RED, WHITE AND BLUE RIBBON (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UK, MATTHEW BARZUN, SAYING: "It's the responsibility I think, for every American, we've got a job to do as citizens, right, and I think the job we need to do every single day, not just election day and the day after, we have to disagree with each other and we have to have dialogue and we have to do that with decency - that's what our democracy demands of each of us." WOMAN WITH TEARS IN HER EYES WATCHING RESULTS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE LOOKING APPREHENSIVE WATCHING RESULTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) STUDENT FROM WASHINGTON DC, CHRISTINE SWEENEY, SAYING: "Honestly, having witnessed Brexit, and having not expected it, you know I sort of saw it as a warning that something like this can happen when there is potentially a lack of information or representation within the electoral process." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE ANXIOUSLY LOOKING AT RESULTS ON PHONE TV SCREEN WITH BANNER READING (English): "Trump wins Florida"
- Embargoed: 24th November 2016 06:03
- Keywords: Trump Clinton Brexit London US Embassy president election
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00157Q3FPJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A Brexit-style shock was felt in London's U.S. embassy as expats and Britons watched Republican Donald Trump edge closer to winning the White House on Tuesday (November 9).
Trump's series of shocking wins in battleground states such as Florida and Ohio were compared to Britain's unexpected historic vote to leave the European Union in June this year.
Polls in both the U.S. election and the EU referendum predicted the opposite to the expected outcome - Hillary Clinton becoming the first female U.S. president, and Britain remaining in the EU.
A wealthy real-estate developer and former reality TV host, 70-year-old Trump rode a wave of anger towards Washington insiders to challenge Clinton, whose gold-plated establishment resume includes stints as a first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
People apprehensively watched the results unfold in London's U.S. embassy, some with tears in their eyes.
Malise Sundstrom was one of few Republicans at the embassy party. She voted for neither Trump or Clinton in Tuesday's vote, but is confident her country has made the right decision.
"Like Brexit, once some of the uncertainty is removed, markets will stabilise...I think one man, in one election year, in one branch of government, is not going to end the world as people are saying - I think it will be fine," Sundstrom, who is chairwoman of Republicans Overseas UK, said.
Democrat Christine Sweeney, originally from Washington DC and now a student in London, was devastated by the idea of a Trump presidency.
"Having witnessed Brexit, and having not expected it, you know I sort of saw it as a warning that something like this can happen when there is potentially a lack of information or representation within the electoral process," Sweeney said.
The outcome of the presidential election remained uncertain. Clinton still had a path to reach 270 electoral votes if she could sweep the remaining too-close-to-call battleground states including Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Hampshire, and pull off an upset win in Arizona.
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