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U.K. Out: Brexit Vote Met With Cheers and Shock

U.K. voters have backed quitting the European Union in a historic referendum.

Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), makes a statement in London on June 24 after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

The result triggered the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and put the EU into uncharted territory with far-reaching implications. It also sent the value of the British pound into free fall, triggering shockwaves across global financial markets Friday.

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Supporters of the 'Stronger In' Campaign react as results of the EU referendum are announced at a results party at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

While the "Leave" campaign won the referendum with 51.9 percent of the vote, young people — the ones who will likely grapple with the decision for decades — overwhelmingly wanted to remain part of the EU.

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A taxi driver waves a Union Jack as he celebrates following the result of the EU referendum in central London.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha walk back into 10 Downing street after he spoke to the press. Cameron announced that he will resign after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union despite his campaign to keep it in the bloc.

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Dawn breaks behind the Houses of Parliament and the statue of Winston Churchill in Westminster, London on June 24.

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A "Remain" supporter walks past a "Leave" supporter outside Downing Street in London after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

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A man lies on the ground in Parliament Square in London on June 24.

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Leave EU supporters wave Union flags and cheer as the results come in at the Leave.EU referendum party at Millbank Tower in central London early in the morning of June 24. GEOFF CADDICK / AFP - Getty Images

Former London Mayor and "Vote Leave" campaigner Boris Johnson attends a press conference in central London on June 24. Johnson, who spearheaded the successful campaign, said Friday there was no need to rush the process of pulling out of the bloc.

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A man carries an E.U. flag outside Downing Street on June 24.

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A trader from BGC, a global brokerage company in London's Canary Wharf, reacts during trading on June 24. The pound plummeted as investors feared a historic blow against the 28-nation alliance.

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A worker counts ballots after polling stations closed in Islington, London, on June 23.

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