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UK votes to leave the EU in historic referendum

The UK has voted to leave the European Union after 43 years in an historic referendum. Leave won by 52% to 48%.

  • David Cameron has announced he will resign as prime minister in October.
  • Nicola Sturgeon has said another independence referendum in Scotland is highly likely.
  • Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said that voters have "spoken clearly" and the government's job is to "get on with that decision, protecting the economy and doing all we can to get the best outcome for Britain"
  • The pound fell to its lowest level in 31 years
  • Nigel Farage told supporters that June 23 should go down as "our independence day"
  • Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland contributed significantly to the Remain vote across the UK and the Scottish people "see their future as part of the EU"
  • Britain's vote to leave the EU has "very significant implications" for Ireland, its government said
  • Sinn Fein has called for a referendum on a united Ireland
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Andrea Leadsom praises PM for calling 'brave' EU vote

Conservative MP and 'Leave' campaigner Andrea Leadsom has said Prime Minister David Cameron "did an amazing thing" by giving the country a referendum on EU membership.

Speaking to ITV News, Ms Leadsom added that Mr Cameron has to stay on as Prime Minister no matter what the result.

She is one of over 80 Conservative MPs who have signed a letter calling on Mr Cameron to remain as Prime Minister.

He (David Cameron) not only called the referendum but also said to his ministers, 'don't listen to anyone, go with what you believe in' and that's an extremely brave thing to do.

He encouraged us to campaign with all our hearts for what we believe in and I think we do owe him a lot for that.

So I think now, whatever the result, we absolutely need too listen to the people and do exactly as the people tell us and just get on with it.

– 'Leave' campaigner Andrea Leadsom

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