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U.K. votes to leave European Union






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The UK voted to leave the European Union in a referendum on Thursday. It is a political earthquake. Currency markets were affected. Britain's pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU. They are thinking about breaking from the UK. A right-wing politician in Europe said: "It is Great Britain's independence day….The European Union as a political union has failed."

A politics professor summed up the scale of the exit. He said: "This is the biggest shock to European politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall." Britain's leader David Cameron has resigned. He said the country needed "fresh leadership". The millions of non-British EU citizens living in Britain and the Britons living in other EU countries are less certain about their future. Some politicians in Holland and France also want to leave the EU. They said: "Now it is our turn."

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