Brexit divorce 'not amicable' but must be quick: Juncker

But, as the Financial Times reported, "To millions of voters up and down the country, the referendum campaign has brought home just how little faith they have in Britain's politicians and parties, business lobbies and trade unions, think-tanks and investment banks".

"It is not an amicable divorce but it was also not an intimate love affair", he said.

Britain's new status in the departure lounge of the European Union was underlined by the exclusion of Mr Cameron from a meeting of the other 27 leaders next Wednesday to discuss the implications of Brexit. So negotiations could drag on for years.

The often poisonous referendum campaign revealed a split between what The Independent newspaper called "those doing well from globalisation and those "left behind" and not seeing the benefits in jobs or wages".

There has been anger among large sections of the British public about having to leave the European Union, with the younger generation who overwhelmingly voted to remain particularly making themselves heard.

The Scottish government will "explore possible options to protect Scotland's place in the EU", Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said.

After meeting with her Cabinet in Edinburgh, Sturgeon said "we will seek to enter into immediate discussion" with other European Union nations and institutions to "explore possible options to protect Scotland's place in the European Union".

Leading campaigners in the debate ahead of Thursday's referendum, including Prime Minister David Cameron - who resigned on Friday, said a second referendum would not be possible.

Juncker said Saturday the British had voted to leave and "it doesn't make any sense to wait until October to try and negotiate the terms of their departure".

"I don't believe it is right that I should carry on as the British commissioner as though nothing had happened", he said. "And you see it with Europe, all over Europe", said Trump, who was in Scotland to open a golf course.

He spoke alongside counterparts from the other five founding members of what has become the EU - Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said it would not be acceptable for Britain to play a "cat and mouse" game. "The people have spoken and we need to implement this decision". The process calls for Conservative lawmakers to winnow candidates down to two choices who will then be voted on in a postal ballot of party members.

Cameron said new PM would be responsible for triggering Article 50 of EU's Lisbon Treaty to start Britain's divorce from bloc.

The British side is much more relaxed.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking at a different press conference in Potsdam, outside Berlin, also prodded for British action.

"A new prime minister must be designated, that will take a few days but there is a certain urgency", he told AFP. As city minister and now as energy minister, all day long I'm told 'you can't do that, you can't do this, because of the European Union.'. Its caretakers now must undertake not only a messy extraction of Britain, but a reinvention of the bloc in a manner that makes it more accessible and vital to voters across Europe.

Also today, the UK's European Commissioner Lord Hill said he will stand down, and said "what is done can not be undone".

Britons, many anxious about immigration and financial insecurity, cast aside Prime Minister David Cameron's warnings of isolation and economic disaster and voted 52 percent-48 percent in favor of Brexit in Thursday's referendum.

The U.K.'s surprise move triggered huge selloffs in stock markets worldwide with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping more than 600 points on Friday.

Analysts have warned of the possibility of broader knock-on impacts throughout Europe and the world, such as a return to protectionism, questioning of free trade agreements and doubts over the stability of the EU.

The pound dropped to its lowest level since 1985, plunging more than 10 per cent from about $1.50 to $1.35 before a slight recovery, on concerns that severing ties with the single market will hurt the United Kingdom economy and undermine London's position as a global financial centre.

With the financial consequences of Brexit causing increasing concern, influential credit rating agency Moody's downgraded the UK's outlook to "negative", warning it was facing "a prolonged period of uncertainty" with implications for the country's medium-term growth.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn watches live footage of David Cameron's resignation.

Labour legislator Frank Field said Saturday that Corbyn "clearly isn't the right person to actually lead the party into an election because nobody thinks he will actually win".


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