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British Home Secretary Theresa May waves to members of the media outside of The Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, 07 July 2016.
Photograph: EPA/HANNAH MCKAY

Prime Minister Theresa May plans to hold talks with Scotland aimed at preserving the country's "special union" with the rest of Britain on Friday following a June 23 referendum to leave the European Union.

"I believe with all my heart in the United Kingdom – the precious bond between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland," May said ahead of talks with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland.

"I'm coming here to show my commitment to preserving this special union that has endured for centuries," she said in a statement.

May was confirmed Britain's new prime minister on Wednesday. Her predecessor David Cameron resigned after he failed in his months-long campaign to convince a majority of voters to vote against a so-called Brexit and stay in the 28-member political bloc.

A large majority of Scottish voters chose to remain in the EU inthe referendum, prompting calls for a second vote on Scottish independence.

"And I want to say something else to the people of Scotland too: the government I lead will always be on your side," May said.

"Every decision we take, every policy we take forward, we will stand up for you and your family – not the rich, the mighty or the powerful."

Scottish National Party leader Sturgeon has promised to work to maintain Scotland's relationship the European Union after Brexit.

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