Europe demands prompt divorce from Britain


LONDON: European powers demanded a prompt divorce on Saturday as Britain’s seismic vote to abandon the EU sparked bitter break-up rows at home and abroad. Britons had cast aside warnings of isolation and economic disaster to vote 52 – 48 percent in favor of quitting the European Union in the June 23 referendum. The historic vote, fought on the battlefronts of the economy and immigration, toppled Prime Minister David Cameron, pounded sterling and led Moody’s to downgrade Britain’s credit rating outlook to “negative.” It exposed deep divisions in Britain too, as more than 2 million people desperately called for a new vote and support for Scottish independence surged.


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