Prime Minister David Cameron is to step down by October after the UK voted to leave the European Union, the BBC reports.
Mr Cameron made the announcement in a statement outside Downing Street after the final result was announced. He said he would attempt to “steady the ship” over the coming weeks and months.
He had urged the country to vote Remain, warning of economic and security consequences of an exit, but Leave won by 52% to 48%.
Second Scotland referendum likely
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said it is now “highly likely” that there will be another vote on independence from the UK after the EU referendum result, sky.com reports.
At a news conference at her official residence in Edinburgh following the historic decision by the UK to leave the European Union, Ms Sturgeon said it was “democratically unacceptable” that Scotland would be taken out of the EU “against its will”.
Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain within the EU in Thursday’s referendum, with all 32 local authority areas returning a majority to stay.
Ms Sturgeon declared that the result meant there had been a “significant and material change in the circumstances in which Scotland voted against independence” in 2014.
She said: “I intend to take all possible steps and explore all options to give effect to how people in Scotland voted. In other words, to secure our continuing place in the EU and in the single market in particular.”
The Scottish Cabinet will meet on Saturday to discuss the next steps and the Scottish Government’s resilience committee – which meets in times of emergency – is due to gather on Friday afternoon.
Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness calls for border poll on united Ireland
Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called for a border poll on a united Ireland, after the UK has voted to leave the EU.
Support for the EU is considerably higher in Northern Ireland than the rest of the UK, independent.co.uk reports.
As the region shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland, it is unknown how the relationship between the two countries will be affected by Brexit.
Northern Ireland receives considerable financial support from the EU in the form of so-called ‘peace money’ to fund projects aimed at supporting the region’s peace process following the Troubles conflict.
McGuinness’ comments add to calls for a further referendum on Scottish independence, as the majority of Scottish voters have also backed the Remain campaign.