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Brexit: EU 'disappointed' but life goes on

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 01:35

European Union leaders say they are determined to maintain unity despite Britain's decision to leave the bloc. Paul Chapman reports.

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The decision of Britain's voters to leave the European Union has come as a shock to many. European Parliament President Martin Schulz expressed disappointment. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT, MARTIN SCHULZ, SAYING: "We're very sad about the decision of the voters in the United Kingdom, but it is a sovereign expression of the will of British voters to leave the European Union. This is a difficult moment for both sides." European Council President, Donald Tusk, was more philosophical. (SOUNDBITE)(English) EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT DONALD TUSK SAYING: "I always remember what my father used to tell me: what doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Britons working for the European Commission ion Brussels offered mixed views. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ANDREW MICHENER, BRITON ENTERING EUROPEAN COMMISSION FOR INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY MEETING, SAYING: "The British people have spoken overwhelmingly and full note must be taken of that decision." (SOUNDBITE)(English) EUROPEAN COMMISSION OFFICIAL, WILLIAM FLOYD, SAYING: "Disappointment, of course." Back in Britain the leader of the anti-EU UK Independence Party was in understandably celebratory mood. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY (UKIP) LEADER, NIGEL FARAGE, SAYING: "It's a victory for ordinary people, decent people. It's a victory against the big merchant banks, against the big businesses and against big politics." As Britain and the EU come to terms with the vote result there's no quickie divorce on the horizon. It'll take at least two years for the split from the EU to come about, the first exit by any member state.

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Brexit: EU 'disappointed' but life goes on

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 01:35