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Former mayor of London Boris Johnson on Thursday ruled himself out of the race to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron on a day of high drama following Britain's shock vote to leave the EU. The decision by Johnson, who spearheaded the "Leave" campaign, upended the Conservative Party leadership contest and added to deep uncertainty over how and when the country will split from the bloc. Johnson had been tipped as a favourite to succeed Cameron, who resigned after the June 23 referendum saying he would leave it to his successor to begin formal talks with the EU on Britain's departure -- despite European leaders insisting on a quick divorce.
By Sara Ledwith BARNSLEY, England (Reuters) - Owen Gleadall remembers the previous time Britain voted on Europe. It was 1975, and most people in his Yorkshire mining town of Barnsley were ambivalent about the issue. Gleadall, a local businessman working in international markets, felt it made economic sense to be part of the bloc.