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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: PM and I had different visions of Europe

Jeremy Corbyn Credit: Pool

Jeremy Corbyn has defended his position in the EU referendum campaign following criticism from Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, who said that "when the call went out ... he refused to answer."

The Labour leader said that he and fellow Remain campaigner David Cameron had "different visions".

"We had a Labour position and a Labour campaign, it was not the same as the prime minister's - obviously.

"The prime minister has a rather different vision of Europe, he sees it much more as a sort of free market Europe, we see it as a social Europe and those were the arguments we put forward on behalf of the party, on behalf of the membership of the party, on behalf the vast majority of the trade unions affiliated to this party."

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