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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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Mandelson: Brexit result shows disconnect between people and politicians

Lord Mandelson. Credit: Good Morning Britain.

The result of the EU referendum shows a disconnect between the British people and the nation's political leaders, Lord Mandelson has said.

Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain, the Labour peer and remain campaigner said the Brexit result reveals that both Conservative and Labour politicians are "not trusted" by the public and "do not have the connection that they thought they had".

People do feel angry...just as they feel the austerity policies that have been pursued by the Conservative government have not been fair in their impact on the country as a whole, they also feel that the Labour Party leadership is remote from them.

– Lord Mandelson

Lord Mandelson said that the Labour Party must come to terms with the result of the referendum and called on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to "reflect" on his role in the remain campaign, adding that there is a "question mark about his competence".

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