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The leaders of the European Union's 27 other countries are "determined to keep our unity" following Britain's decision to leave the bloc, EU President Donald Tusk said Friday, while warning against "hysterical" reactions.

A majority of almost 52 per cent of British voters opted for leaving the EU in a referendum held Thursday, British media reported, putting the country on course to become the first ever to depart the 28-member bloc.

"Today, on behalf of the 27 [EU] leaders, I can say that we are determined to keep our unity as 27," Tusk said, adding that he had spoken to each of them in recent days.

The 27 leaders will hold informal talks without British Prime Minister David Cameron during a planned summit in Brussels next week, the EU president said, adding that he would propose that they begin a wider reflection on the future of the bloc.

There will be "no legal vacuum" in Britain, Tusk added. "Until the United Kingdom formally leaves the EU, EU law will continue to apply to and within the UK, and by this I mean rights as well as obligations."

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