11:32 GMT28 November 2020
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    Britain Says 'Cheerio' to EU (463)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a speech after majority of Britons voted in a referendum in favor of leaving the EU. She called on Europe to learn a lesson from Brexit.

    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.

    "This [Brexit] is a blow to Europe and European unity," Merkel said.

    Merkel said that Germany has "special interest and special responsibility" in European unity.

    The European Union is strong enough to find "right answers" after Brexit vote, the German chancellor said.

    She added that Europe shouldn't draw "quick and simple" conclusions from the vote that would further increase EU's division.

    The German chancellor said that she deeply regrets over the results of the UK referendum.

    Future relations between the EU and Britain should be based on partnership, Merkel said.

    Merkel said that she invited European Council President Donald Tusk, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to discuss Brexit on Monday.

    Britain Says 'Cheerio' to EU (463)


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