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© PHILIPPE HUGUEN, AFP | The UK voted on June 24, 2016 to exit the European Union.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-06-25

A day after the results of the historic Brexit vote, European leaders held a day of meetings to set a quick timetable for Britain’s exit from the EU.

  • The UK has become the first state ever to withdraw from the European Union, in a blow to the bloc forged in the aftermath of World War II.
  • Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron announced his intention to resign in three months. Cameron was a vocal campaigner for the 'Remain' camp.
  • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on the UK to immediately launch negotiations on leaving the EU.
  • The EU appointed Belgian Didier Seeuws, a longtime aide to former EU president Herman Van Rompuy, to head the bloc's special task force to negotiate Britain's exit.
  • More than 1.7 million people had by Saturday afternoon signed a petition calling for a second referendum.

To see how all the day's events unfolded, read our blog below. 

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Date created : 2016-06-25

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