“I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months, but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers the country to its next destination.”
— British Prime Minister David Cameron
“Damn! A bad day for Europe.”
— Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s vice chancellor and economy minister, on Twitter.
“The European Union is strong enough to give the right answers to today.”
— German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking in Berlin.
U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States respects the decision of the people of the United Kingdom and that the special relationship between Washington and London will endure.
Mr. Obama had strongly urged that the U.K. remain in the EU but said in a statement that the people have spoken. The president said that the United Kingdom and the European Union will remain “indispensable partners of the United States” even as they begin negotiating the future of their relationship.