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A trader from BGC, a global brokerage in London, reacts to the opening of European markets.
This cannot be real. (Reuters/Russell Boyce)
PAINFUL BREAKUP

Photos: Gutted stockbrokers around the world watch markets tank after the Brexit vote

By Selina Cheng

The Brexit vote has led Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron to call it quits, politicians to call for the reunification of Ireland and independence for Scotland—and even Londoners to petition their new mayor for a vote on independence from the rest of England.

Brexit is breaking apart more than Europe and Britain’s territories, though.  In the immediate aftermath, the world’s markets in currencies, stocks, and commodities are getting pummeled, forcing traders and investors to absorb the shockwaves.

Please baby, come back. (Reuters/Russell Boyce)
Please baby, come back. (Reuters/Russell Boyce)
Politician Nigel Farage who backed Britain's leave, is seen on TV as traders in London find themselves in a Frenzy. (Reuters/Russell Boyce)
Politician Nigel Farage, who led Britain’s “leave” campaign, is seen on TV as traders work their phone in London. (Reuters/Russell Boyce)
Not a great day for this guy. (Reuters/Russell Boyce)
This BGC trader should have bet against the markets. (Reuters/Russell Boyce)
A man watches a board showing the WIG20 index at the Warsaw Stock Exchange in Poland, on June 24. The biggest WSE indices dropped by almost 10 per cent at the start of the session after Great Britain has voted to leave. (EPA/Radek Pietruszka)
A man watches the Warsaw Stock Exchange indices board in Poland on June 24. The biggest WSE indices dropped by almost 10% at the start of the day’s session. (EPA/Radek Pietruszka)
Ouch. (Reuteres/Russell Boyce)
Ouch. (Reuters/Russell Boyce)
A British expat watches the British pound fall after the United Kingdom's EU Referendum results come in live on his laptop computer in Hong Kong, China, June 24. (EPA/Alex Hofford)
A British expat watches the nation’s currency fall live on his laptop computer in Hong Kong, China, as the Brexit results come in. (EPA/Alex Hofford)
A woman watching the Brexit vote in The Churchill Tavern, a British themed pub, reacts as a graph shows the British Pound falling in value following the announcement that Britain would leave the European Union, in the Manhattan, New York on June 23. (Reuters/Andrew Kelly)
A woman watches the Brexit vote in The Churchill Tavern in Manhattan, NY. On the laptop at her side is a chart of the British pound plunging. (Reuters/Andrew Kelly)
A man gestures past a a screen displaying news of markets update inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, June 24. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)
Down, down, down. A man gestures in front of a stock trading screen on the wall of the Bombay Stock Exchange building in Mumbai, India. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)
Time for a drink maybe? (Reuters/Russell Boyce)
Time for a drink maybe? (Reuters/Russell Boyce)

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