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    EU Respects UK Referendum Vote But Response On Brexit Necessary

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    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated that the European Union has to find the joint response on Brexit.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Saturday that the European Union respect the results of UK Referendum but a joint response on Brexit must be found.

    "A message we would like to send to London, we understand and respect the results [of EU Referendum], we understand that the United Kingdom will be concentrated on the United Kingdom for now but… we should have an opportunity to deal with the future of Europe," the German foreign minister said.

    "We expressed the will to preserve Europe. This will be our first and foremost task," Steinmeier said speaking on behalf of the EU founding member states.

    The meeting between German, French, Italian, Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourgian foreign ministers to discuss the results of the UK referendum on EU membership is taking place in the Berlin's Borsig Palace on Saturday.

    On Thursday, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.

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