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and that´s it. If we vote to leave, we vote to leave, that´s it. You can´t have nev­eren­dums, you have ref­er­en­dums,” he added.

Bri­tain’s Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner Jonathan Hill an­nounced Sat­ur­day that he will stand down fol­low­ing his coun­try’s de­ci­sion to leave the EU, say­ing he was “very dis­ap­pointed” but “what is done can­not be un­done.”

“As we move to a new phase, I don’t be­lieve it is right that I should carry on as the Bri­tish Com­mis­sioner as though noth­ing had hap­pened,” said a state­ment by Hill, who is com­mis­sioner for fi­nan­cial ser­vices.

Mean­while, Scot­land wants im­me­di­ate talks with the Euro­pean Union on pro­tect­ing its place in the bloc, after Bri­tain´s vote to leave the EU, First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon said Sat­ur­day. Speak­ing after an emer­gency meet­ing of her cab­i­net, Stur­geon said it had agreed to seek “im­me­di­ate dis­cus­sions with the EU in­sti­tu­tions and other EU mem­ber states to ex­plore all pos­si­ble op­tions to pro­tect Scot­land´s place in the EU.”

On Fri­day, Stur­geon said the re­sults put a fresh ref­er­en­dum on Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence “on the ta­ble”, adding that it was “highly likely” within two years.

She cited a clause in her Scot­tish Na­tional Party man­i­festo that there had been a “sig­nif­i­cant and ma­te­rial change in the cir­cum­stances” in which Scot­land voted against in­de­pen­dence in 2014, when 55 per­cent of Scots voted to stay in the UK.

On Sat­ur­day, Stur­geon re­it­er­ated her plans. “As I said yes­ter­day, a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum is clearly an op­tion that re­quires to be on the ta­ble and is very much on the ta­ble,” she said. “To en­sure that that op­tion is a de­liv­er­able one within the re­quired timetable, steps will be taken now to en­sure that the nec­es­sary leg­is­la­tion is in place. Cab­i­net this morn­ing for­mally agreed that work.”—AFP

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