Southern Miss students, faculty react to 'Brexit' vote

Southern Miss students, faculty react to 'Brexit' vote

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some University of Southern Mississippi students and faculty with ties to Great Britain are reacting to Thursday's vote by the UK to leave the European Union.

The vote was 52 percent to 48 percent.

Olivia Moore, a USM graduate student from Plymouth, England, favored staying in the E.U. And she thinks "Brexit" will be bad for Britain.

"I just think that leaving the EU will have a lot more negative repercussions for the country," she said. "You've probably already heard about the pound dropping significantly since this has happened, also, just trade in general."

Across the pond, Southern Miss students and faculty in the British Studies Program witnessed Thursday's historic vote first-hand.

They've been in Britain for three weeks and are attending classes in history, political science, journalism and business.

David Davies, director of the USM School of Mass Communication and Journalism, is among the faculty participating.

"To be here and witness this as it happens, is really an incredible experience," Davies said. "This is something that the students are going to remember the rest of their lives and I dare say, all of us will. It's a trying time for Britain, but incredible for the Americans that are here who get to observe it."

Next week, the program concludes with a trip to Scotland, a country that is pro-European Union.