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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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Jeremy Corbyn: Invoke Article 50 now

Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: PA Wire

Jeremy Corbyn has said Article 50 - which triggers Britain's formal exit from the EU - must be invoked now.

The Labour leader told the BBC that the British peoples' wishes must be respected and the two-year withdrawal process should be started immediately.

He also:

  • said he would oppose an emergency Budget
  • urged David Cameron and George Osborne to stabilise the financial markets
  • refused to call for a general election or Mr Cameron to resign

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