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Brexit vote poses questions 'for the whole planet' - Hollande

Published 25/06/2016

French president Francois Hollande said the Brexit vote posed questions for the whole planet (AP)
French president Francois Hollande said the Brexit vote posed questions for the whole planet (AP)

French president Francois Hollande has said the British vote to leave the European Union poses questions "for the whole planet".

Mr Hollande vowed to maintain relations with Britain, notably concerning migrants crossing between the two countries and military and economic cooperation.

Speaking after a meeting in Paris with UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, Mr Hollande said: "For the entire planet there is a question, what will happen?"

He called for an orderly separation between Britain and the EU after Thursday's vote to exit the bloc, formed after two world wars to prevent new conflict via trade cooperation.

Mr Hollande, whose country was a founding pillar of European unity, is holding emergency meetings on Saturday with leaders of France's political parties as EU leaders try to keep the bloc from unravelling after the British vote.

AP

France's foreign minister said he hoped Britain can name a new prime minister in the coming days to speed up its departure from the European Union.

But that timeframe is highly unrealistic given the political turmoil in Britain. Instead it is likely to take months to name a replacement to Prime Minister David Cameron, who is resigning and wants his successor to handle the departure negotiations.

Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Saturday "they must designate a new prime minister, which would certainly require several days".

He was speaking in Berlin alongside counterparts from the five other founding members of the European Union, as EU leaders try to keep the project from falling apart after British voters chose on Thursday to leave.

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