And now that Brexit camp has won, and the UK prepares to bid farewell to the EU, the parties and the gawkers have begun to gauge the fallout of ending the 43-year-long marriage.
Some are far-reaching: from travel and trade restrictions to immigration policy and even the risk of a domino effect toward a total disintegration of the EU. On the homefront, the British political landscape has been rocked, prompting Prime Minister David Cameron's resignation (hello, Boris?).
But as with every divorce — who gets custody of Mr. Bubbles? — there are unforeseen ramifications, some of them directly impacting people's everyday life in the most surprising ways. Here are five worth noting:
Sets of strict EU guidelines that will no longer apply in the UK include a wide range of basic environment-related rules, such as beach cleanliness. Bournemouth, Brighton, Newquay ... The Guardian points out that the sand of the country's beach is at risk of becoming a whole lot dirtier.
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In Newquay — Photo: Kicior99/GFDL