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BREXIT! Britain votes to leave the European Union

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 6:18 AM
Counters begin to tally ballot papers at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland following the referendum on the UK membership of the European Union.

Britain has voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a referendum separated by just over a million votes.

Final tallies showed that 33 million people from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Gibraltar voted, with 52 per cent voting to leave and 48 per cent voting to remain.

It means that the EU will become a 27-member bloc once the United Kingdom officially withdraws.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council was disappointed by the results.

"It's a heartbreak moment," he said.

But Tusk said there will be "no vacuum" as European law will continue in Britain until the United Kingdom officially withdraws from the bloc.

Speaking to reporters, Tusk said the results meant that the EU as bloc needs to review its structure to determine where reforms are needed.

But according to him, the bloc must persist.

"As my father used to say, 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger'," he said.

The 'Leave' campaign had argued that Britain would be more independent with a vote to leave the EU.

But the 'Remain' campaign had insisted that there would be too many economic repercussions if Britain left.