The British people voted on June 24 to leave the European Union, a group of European countries that operate under similar legislation.
This decision could lead to an upset in trade, turbulent relationships with some of the other country's leaders, and a disruption of travel. In fact, the worth of the British pound has already dropped to the lowest in history since the news broke.
The British exit from the European Union, or "Brexit," as it's better known, dominated British media this year — much like our own controversial presidential race. It's kind of a BFD that an entire country has decided in one vote whether or not to stay in a historic political and economic union of 28 European member states.
The choice itself was simple — remain or leave — but the reasons were not.
The "leave" camp is concerned with an issue quite familiar to Americans — immigration. They said an influx of immigrants over the last few years has damaged Britain’s economy, so leaving the EU would allow Britain to "regain control of our borders.” (This sounding familiar yet?)
Meanwhile, the "remain" camp argued that leaving the EU posed a worse threat to the economy than immigrants ever could. More exactly, they said dipping out could cost Britain hundreds of thousands of jobs, and billions of pounds.
There's also been a fairly-strong age divide among the electorate — much like America’s Democratic party. Older voters (think: Hillary Clinton supporters) supported leaving the EU, while younger voters (think: Bernie Sanders fans) were in favor of staying.
And much like our current Republican candidate, the issue is so divisive it even split the majority party in two. Prime minister David Cameron supported remaining in the EU, while his likely successor, former London mayor Boris Johnson, wanted out.
The whole debate became so uproarious that a member of British Parliament, Jo Cox, is said to have been murdered over the issue. Authorities are still determining whether her murderer had ties to a far-right, pro-Brexit party.
So, while it remains to be seen whether or not the Brits made the right choice, most of them can likely agree on one thing: They, like the United States, are country that's severely divided.