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UK’s allies and rivals scramble to assess implications of surprise Brexit vote

Britain’s decision to quit the European Union has sent shockwaves around the world, with the UK’s allies and rivals scrambling to assess the implications of the surprise referendum vote.

The presidents of the European Commission, Council and Parliament are to hold a joint press conference in Brussels to set out their initial response to the demand for Brexit.

And ministers in the Irish government were called to a special meeting to reflect on the result ahead of a statement by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

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Ireland was one of the most vocal international advocates of a Remain vote in the UK, its most important trading partner.

A spokesman for the Dublin government said that the outcome “clearly has very significant implications for Ireland, as well as for Britain and for the European Union. The government will meet later this morning to reflect on the result. Following that meeting, the Taoiseach will make a public statement”.

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