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Hollande Says U.K. Exit Shouldn’t Be Delayed as EU Needs Renewal

  • EU must tackle its lack of popular support, ineffectiveness
  • France to continue coopertion with U.K., notably on defense
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Germany, France Tasked to Control Brexit Contagion

French President Francois Hollande said preparations for the U.K.’s exit from the European Union should get started so the bloc’s remaining members can work on reforms to tackle the rise of populism.

“The British people have decided to leave the EU. This is a painful choice and I deeply regret it,” Hollande said in Paris. “The U.K. will no longer be a member of the EU and the procedures written in the treaties should be implemented quickly.”