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First reactions to Brexit in Nicosia [VIDEO]

An EU flag is seen through a British Union flag during a pro-EU referendum event at Parliament Square in London, Britain June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Just a few hours after the UK voted to leave the European Union, we asked a selection of Britons in Nicosia for their first reaction to the news. The only requirement – apart from agreeing to talk on camera, which not everyone was willing to do – was that they should’ve been eligible to vote in the referendum.

Their answers were revealing, even if their political beliefs were surprisingly uniform. No ‘Leave’ supporters were willing to talk, though we did find one person who claimed to have been “on the fence”.

We asked questions on four main topics: (a) How they felt about the result of the referendum; (b) Which side of the debate they were on, and what were the arguments that convinced them to be on that side; (c) How they felt about the campaigns by both sides in the run-up to the referendum; and (d) What they thought was likely to happen next, both in the UK and for British people living in Cyprus.

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