World Reacts After UK Votes to Leave the European Union

Voters in the United Kingdom have decided to leave the European Union after a historic referendum vote, sending shockwaves through financial markets. Prime Minister David Cameron, who had led a campaign to remain within the EU, says he will resign by October.

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Financial traders react to the European Union referendum vote at ETX Capital in London, U.K. on June 24. Global markets buckled as Britain's vote on European Union membership infected every asset class.
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Chelsea pensioners leave after voting in the EU referendum at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, United Kingdom.
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A man walks through the door to polling station as floral tributes to Jo Cox MP adorn Batley Town Hall while people cast their votes in the EU referendum in Batley, United Kingdom. Cox had supported remaining in the European Union and was gunned down in her Northern England constituency.
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Supporters of the Stronger In Campaign watch the results of the EU referendum being announced at the Royal Festival Hall in London, United Kingdom on June 23.
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The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan leaves the polling station after having voted. Khan had spoken in support of the "Remain" campaign. Of the divisive referendum, he said "We all have a responsibility to now seek to heal the divisions that have emerged throughout this campaign — and to focus on what unites us, rather than that which divides us."
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People arrive to cast their ballot papers on June 23 inside a polling station set up at Littleborough Community Fire Station, near Rochdale, northern England.
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Former London Mayor Boris Johnson leaves Westminster Tower on June 24, 2016, in London, United Kingdom. Of the historic vote, he said the result in no way means the United Kingdom will be "less united" or "less European."
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A "Vote Remain" activist urges people to vote outside Kings Cross station in central London.
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Voting slips in the European Union referendum are placed onto the table ready to be counted at Manchester Central Convention Complex in Manchester, U.K.
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An employee carries a stack of pizza boxes at ETX Capital, a broker of contracts-for-difference, in London, U.K. The pound headed for its biggest-ever drop, leading a decline in U.K. assets, as early results in Britain's European Union referendum pointed to a potential victory for the "Leave" campaign.
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A man reads a copy of the London Evening Standard with the front page reporting the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron and the vote to leave the EU in a referendum, showing a pictured of Cameron holding hands with his wife Samantha as they come out from 10 Downing Street, in London on June 24, 2016. Britain voted to break away from the European Union on June 24, toppling Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing a thunderous blow to the 60-year-old bloc that sent world markets plunging.
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David Cameron, U.K. prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party, reacts after delivering his resignation speech on June 24 in Downing Street following the European Union (EU) referendum membership vote results in London, U.K. "The British people have made a very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction," he said.
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Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, arrives for a news conference following the U.K. European Union referendum results at the Chancellory in Berlin, Germany, on June 24, 2016. German leaders lamented the loss of the U.K. as an ally in the European Union following the decision by voters to leave the 28-member bloc.
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Donald Trump gestures as he arrives with his daughter, Ivanka Trump, left, granddaughter, Kai Trump, bottom, and son, Eric Trump, right, at Trump Turnberry Resort in Turnberry on, June 24, 2016. Trump tells reporters that the U.K.'s Brexit Vote is a "great thing," upon landing in Scotland.
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