British Prime Minister David Cameron says he is sorry about the result of his country's referendum after it voted to leave the European Union. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday (June 28) he was sorry that he had lost Britain's referendum on membership of the European Union but would work with his successor to make sure the country has the closest ties possible with the bloc. "I threw myself in head, heart and soul to keep Britain in the European Union and I didn't succeed, and in politics you have to recognize that you fight and when you win you carry out your program, but when you lose sometimes you have to say right, I've lost that argument, I've lost that debate, it's right to hand over to someone else who will take the country forward. Now of course I'm sad about that, but frankly I'm more concerned about Britain getting its relationship right with Europe, that is a far bigger thing than whether I'm prime minister for six years or seven years or what have you," he told reporters in Brussels. He went on to describe how the tone of the meeting with his EU counterparts was one of sadness and regret. "Our partners in the European Union are genuinely sad that we are planning to leave this organization, and that was very much the tone of the discussions at the dinner tonight," Cameron said. Meanwhile German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she saw no chance that Britain might go back on its decision to leave the European Union and urged political leaders in Europe to face that reality.