Scotland Threatens To Veto Brexit

Earlier today Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the BBC that the Scottish Parliament could try to block the UK's exit from the EU. As we predicted yesterday, the Scottish National Party leader, who went through her own UK independence referendum  two years ago and is now considering yet another referendum, said that "of course" she would ask MSPs to refuse to give their "legislative consent".

The Rebellion Is Real; Brexit Was Merely A Warning

"...the actual disaster isn’t the vote, it’s the eight years of policy that made it thinkable... Brexit is not the disaster. The disaster is what they’re rowing from..." As soon as the focus returns to why the UK bailed in the first place the proper sympathy will shift from the poor Britons in a flimsy rowboat to Europeans still trapped on the Titanic.

More Confusion: EU Tells Cameron To Hurry Up With Article 50 As Merkel Says No Need To Rush

Angela Merkel sought to temper pressure from Paris, Brussels and her own government to force Britain into negotiating a quick divorce from the EU, despite warnings that hesitation will let populism take hold. Eurosceptics in other member states applauded Britons' decision to leave the European Union in a referendum that sent shockwaves around the world, with far-right demands for a similar vote in Slovakia underlining the risk of a domino effect. Meanwhile, the EU is urging Cameron to promptly trigger Article 50, even as nobody really knows what the UK will do next...

The Fed's Rate Hike Plans Are Now "In Tatters" - What Wall Street Thinks

Any “faint prospect” of a Fed July rate increase has entirely vanished, ING economist Rob Carnell wrote in note adding that the longstanding ING call for Sept. hike looks to be “hanging in tatters.”  Here are more comments, courtesy of Bloomberg, from Wall Steet's so-called experts, none of whom predicted the actual a Brexit outcome, about U.S. monetary policy outlook following the outcome of the U.K. referendum.

George Soros: "Brexit Makes EU Disintegration Irreversible"

"Now the catastrophic scenario that many feared has materialized, making the disintegration of the EU practically irreversible. Britain eventually may or may not be relatively better off than other countries by leaving the EU, but its economy and people stand to suffer significantly in the short to medium term. But the implications for Europe could be far worse."

Not So Fast: Scotland And Northern Ireland May Have Brexit Veto Rights

"... such measures would entail amendment of section 29 of the Scotland Act 1998, which binds the Scottish Parliament to act in a manner compatible with EU law, and he therefore believed that the Scottish Parliament’s consent would be required. He could envisage certain political advantages being drawn from not giving consent."

Boris Johnson Wins Key Support To Become PM As Labour Leader Foils Leadership Coup

In the short day since David Cameron announced his resignation, the UK is undergoing a chaotic and very much ad hoc politcal transformation, in the middle of which is none other than Boris Johnson, the leader of the successful "Leave" campaign, who however has cause to celebrate tonight because according to the Sunday Times, the former London mayor has won the backing of a key colleague to replace David Cameron as prime minister.

Germany Says "We Won't Let Anyone Take Europe From Us"

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said today that the EU would weather the shock of the British vote to leave the union as he convened crisis talks. "I am confident that these countries can also send a message that we won't let anyone take Europe from us," he said heading into a meeting in Berlin of his counterparts from the EU's six founding members.