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The United Kingdom has to leave the European Union in what is seen as a political earthquake. Just over 52 per cent of Britons their desire to the EU in a referendum on Thursday. Currency markets were immediately affected as the British pound to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985. Britain's decision to leave has political upheaval. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU and so politicians in both countries are now breaking from the UK. Right-wing politicians in Europe the UK for leaving. One said: "It is Great Britain's independence day. The people were , and they decided. The European Union as a political union has ."

The magnitude of the result was up by Rob Ford, professor of politics at Manchester University, who : "This is the biggest shock to European politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall." The vote has already Britain's leader David Cameron to . He the campaign to stay part of the EU and will down in October. He said the country "fresh leadership". Less certain the plight of the 3.3 million non-British EU citizens living in Britain, and the 1.3 million Britons living in other EU countries. Others may the UK's lead in exiting the EU. Representatives from Holland's Dutch Freedom Party and France's National Front Party said: "Now it our turn."

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