The United Kingdom's political landscape will remain problematic regardless of whether it remains or exits the European Union (EU), according to a strategist.
"If there's a vote to leave, you've taken a big block out of the architecture of Europe's foundation but if the U.K. votes to stay by a small percentage, no immediate cataclysmic events are going to happen but the debate won't go away," explained David Roche, president and global strategist at Independent Strategy.
Early results from Thursday's referendum on E.U. membership showed a nail-bitingly close race, with just a few percentage points separating the remain and leave camps.
Even if the remain camp did prevail, a view that Roche personally subscribed to, bubbling political tensions were still a major cause for concern, he said.
"The conservative party is still totally split, Prime Minister David Cameron's judgment in calling this [vote] is his doom," said Roche.