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    Russian Envoy to EU Believes Brexit May Strengthen European Union

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    Brexit will not break up the European Union but may, on the contrary, strengthen the bloc, Russia's Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said Friday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The UK referendum results are unlikely to entail "a parade of referendums" in countries with a significant number of eurosceptics, he noted.

    "As paradoxical as it may seem, I do not rule out that the UK’s exit will not ruin the European Union and will lead to its strengthening within the structure composed of the remaining countries," Chizhov told reporters.

    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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