The wait is over – Britain’s EU referendum is finally here. The nation’s long nightmare is over, or possibly just beginning (delete according to result and taste).
The cities of Europe, though, have been making their own feelings about the vote pretty clear. Madrid's City Hall was illuminated in red, white and blue, to show its support for the Remain campaign:
— Gacetín Madrid (@Gacetinmadrid) June 22, 2016
In Warsaw, the Union flag was projected onto the side of the Palace of Culture building, complete with hashtag:
— Michal Marcinik (@michalmarcinik) June 23, 2016
In Vienna, a huge Union Jack was projected onto the side of the MuseumsQuartier – which, Wikipedia tells us, is the eighth largest cultural area in the world (citation needed).
— Alberto Alemanno (@alemannoEU) June 22, 2016
In Florence, Michelangelo's David was wearing a jaunty new outfit:
Michelangelo’s David in Florence was wrapped in a Union flag to send its message to Britain: ‘Please don’t go’. pic.twitter.com/e0KpiLM1Ka
— Александар Кнежевић (@CONCORDIER) June 23, 2016
The German news magazine Der Spiegel made this its cover last week:
(Okay, Der Spiegel isn't technically a city, but we wanted something German.)
And back in London, a bunch of Parisians tried to give out croissants at Kings Cross station ("Operation Croissant") to persuade waverers to vote Remain.
But, according to the Guardian:
the Electoral Commission said Operation Croissant was illegal under a law that prevents the use of food, drink or entertainment to influence voting.
The croissants were baked in Paris on Wednesday morning and transported to London on the first Eurostar train of the day. But the plan to give them out to commuters was thwarted when police intervened.
They were forced to give out cards instead.
— Dee Dee (@DaybreakwithDD) June 22, 2016
The first results from today's referendum will start coming in the early hours of the morning. Our colleagues Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush will be liveblogging all night over at the Staggers.