EU, UK remain important partners for UN after "Brexit"

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The United Kingdom and the European Union remain "important partners" for the UN following the so-called "Brexit" vote, the Secretary-General said on Friday.

The UK made the historic decision in a referendum to leave the EU, by a margin of 52 per cent to 48 per cent.

The UN chief said that the vote had come "at the end of extensive deliberations" across the whole of Europe.

Janie Cangelosi reports.

"When we work together, we are stronger." 

That was the UN Secretary-General's message to the United Kingdom and the European Union following the "Brexit vote". 

According to media reports, the referendum turnout was one of the highest in UK history at 72 per cent. 

Ban Ki-moon said he expected the European Union to continue to be a solid partner for the UN on development, humanitarian issues, as well as peace and security, including migration. 

He also hoped the United Kingdom would "continue to exercise its leadership in many areas". 

Meanwhile, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde also urged the UK and EU authorities to "work collaboratively" to ensure a "smooth transition" to a new economic relationship.

She said that the IMF stood ready to help prevent financial volatility, by supporting the efforts of both the Bank of England and the European Central Bank.

"We stand ready to support our members as needed" said Ms Lagarde.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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