vote to withdraw from the EU


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Hello everyone,

From the book Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman.

The sudden and massive influx of refugees from Africa and the Middle East has overwhelmed the absorptive capacity of the European Union and triggered a populist-nationalist backlash, while also prompting the EU to start limiting its policy of free movement of people between countries. The June 2016 British vote to withdraw from the EU was driven in no small degree by anti-immigration sentiment.

Does "vote" in the highlighted phrase mean the result of voting or the fact of conducting a voting to decide whether to withdraw or not?

Thank you.
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