The French president says Britain’s exit from the European Union must be “orderly” while the U.N. secretary general says Britain must continue to cooperate on international issues because the world’s problems don’t “stop at national borders”. Subtitled Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
UK’s exit from EU must be ‘orderly’: Hollande
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STORY: French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday (June 25) that Britain should leave the European Union in an orderly fashion, after the country voted in a referendum to quit the bloc.
He said he regretted the decision made by the British people but had to accept it because “that’s democracy”.
On Friday, Hollande said the EU must reinvent itself to prevent its break-up and restore the confidence of voters.
He insisted it could not be business as usual for the EU and deep changes must be made.
Speaking at the Elysee Palace alongside Hollande, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he hoped the UK and EU would both continue to play an active role at the UN.
“The problems we are facing do not stop at national borders. Quite clearly, when we work together we are stronger,” he said.
Britain’s vote plunges the EU into its third major crisis of the decade after the euro zone debt turmoil that began in Greece and last year’s influx of a million migrants and refugees.
Despite months of seesawing opinion polls, few in the top echelons in Brussels, Berlin or Paris had believed voters would ultimately risk a so-called Brexit.
British exit negotiations could be long and divisive, with Germany and northern allies keen to keep London as close as possible to the EU market while others, notably France, may seek a tough line to discourage further fragmentation.