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Summary

  1. Sterling down 8% against the dollar and 6% against the euro
  2. Banks and housebuilders among biggest fallers on FTSE 100
  3. Wall Street falls more than 3% after London closed 3.1% lower
  4. European stock markets hammered

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By Dan Macadam

All times stated are UK

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  1. Lagarde: 'We hope for the best'

    IMF managing director Christine Lagarde

    Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund - which had warned a Leave vote would trigger a recession in the UK - tells the BBC:

    Quote Message: We are respecting completely the decision of the British people. We hope very much for a smooth and predictable transition period and we are very reassured by the statements made by [Bank of England governor Mark] Carney and we ourselves stand ready in a spirit of good cooperation in order to face the current situation and we hope for the best."
  2. How the world reacted to Britain's exit

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    Video caption: How the world reacted to Britain's decision to exit the European Union

    As Britain votes to leave the European Union, political figures from around the world react to the news.

  3. Volatility 'can be contained'

    Bank of International Settlements in Switzerland

    Global uncertainty from the Brexit vote "can be contained", according to the Bank of International Settlements - the central bank of central banks.

    The Swiss-based institution says it's confident that good cooperation in the banking sector can help with the high volatility.

  4. Are house prices going to fall?

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    Video caption: Moneybox's Paul Lewis answers listeners' questions about Brexit
  5. 'A mistake'

    Twyford Cookers

    Ian Norman of Twyford Cookers - a Herefordshire retailer selling upmarket kitchen appliances - has given his view of the Brexit vote:

    "We think the exit from the EU is a mistake and will cause a year - possibly two - of continued hard times. The main issue for us will be the uncertainty in consumers' minds about the future which will lead to an even more cautious spending pattern," he says.

    "We do believe, however, that there will be a steady recovery from the current initial over-reaction and that we will settle down again. The British are stalwart in nature and always up for coping with the unexpected."

  6. Business and Brexit: whatever next?

    Douglas Fraser

    Scotland business & economy editor

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    Has business been crying wolf? Heavily weighted to the Remain side, the voices of business Britain and corporate Caledonia raised a lot of serious concerns about the economic consequences of Brexit.

    They lost the vote. And now, they're telling us they can cope with the upheaval that's being thrown at them.

    That's because they have to.

    For the full blog, click here.

  7. Biggest FTSE 250 fall

    Virgin Money office in Norwich

    Today's falls were much heavier on the FTSE 250, which is regarded as a better barometer of UK businesses than the global titans on the FTSE 100.

    The index closed at 16,088 points - down 7.2% or 1,245 points.

    That was the biggest daily slide for the index, and equated to £25bn being wiped off the value of its companies, according to the LSE.

    UK bank Aldermore was the biggest loser (falling 32%), along with Virgin Money (down 25%). 

    Property developers also fared badly, with Crest Nicholson down 26%, Derwent London falling 25% and Bellway off 24%.

  8. FTSE 100 winners

    GSK

    Despite the turbulence, plenty of FTSE 100 stocks ended the day in positive territory.

    Drug makers GlaxoSmithKline and Astra Zeneca were among the big winners, both rising more than 3%. British American Tobacco, Unilever, and publisher Pearson also made gains.

    Laith Khalaf, an analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, says the winners were "predominantly companies with lots of overseas earnings, which stand to benefit from a weaker pound".  

  9. Leap of faith

  10. Wrecking ball

    Construction work on new high rise

    The UK's biggest house builders took a walloping on the markets today. 

    They accounted for four of the five biggest losers on the FTSE 100, as investors judged them to be the most exposed to UK economic shocks.

    Taylor Wimpey was the worst hit (down 29%), followed by Persimmon (28%), Barratt (24%) and the Berkeley Group (21%).

    British Airways owner IAG was another big loser, falling 23% after it issued a profit warning following the referendum outcome. 

    Major UK banks were also badly hit. Lloyds fell 21%, while Barclays and RBS both slid 18%. HSBC, which has a large Asian business, fell just 1.4%.

  11. All change?

    David Cameron after EU negotiation

    Now that the FTSE has closed, here's a bit of context.

    When David Cameron announced the EU referendum on 20 February:

    - The FTSE 100 was at 5,950 points. It closed at 6,138, having dropped as low as 5,806 earlier in the day.

    - The yield on 10-year UK government bonds stood at 1.41%. A short while ago it stood at a record low of 1.018%.

    - The pound was worth $1.44. This is where the clearest impact from the EU vote has been felt - sterling is currently down 8.3% against the dollar at $1.3639.

  12. The price of Brexit

    Business Live reader Ed Clinkett emails to ask: 

    "I would like to know how much is the exit going to cost us as taxpayers?"

    Answers on a postcard please...

  13. BreakingFTSE 100 falls 3.15%

    The FTSE 100 has ended the day at 6,138.69 points, down 199 points. That's still considerably higher than the 5,806 it touched earlier this morning.

    European markets have been well and truly spanked, however, with the Dax in Frankfurt down 6.8% - its worst day since the financial crisis in 2008, the Cac in Paris shed 8%, Madrid fell 12%, while Milan takes the wooden spoon with a 12.5% plunge.

    Wall Street is also lower lower, with the S&P down 2.7% and the Dow 2.1% lower.

  14. China 'monitoring events'

    PBOC

    Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People's Bank of China, says it has been monitoring events in the UK and that "more study" will be needed to fully understand the implications of the Brexit vote.

    Sterling is down 6.6% against the yuan this afternoon.

  15. Interest rates heading to zero?

    Bank of England governor Mark Carney
    Image caption: Bank of England governor Mark Carney

    Pimco, the world's largest bond fund, has become the latest to predict that the Bank of England could cut interest rates to zero as a way of boosting the economy.

    "Near-term, the UK economy will be pulled lower by the uncertainty created by the referendum vote. As a result, we expect the Bank of England to cut the official interest rate to zero from 0.5%," writes Mike Amey, head of sterling at Pimco.  

    However, he expects a period of "greater relative calm" in the medium term as the transition to life outside the EU will take time to negotiate.

  16. London property still in demand

    One Hyde Park

    Brexit may not be all doom and gloom for the top of the London property market, according to Guy Gittins at estate agency Chestertons.

    "We are already seeing a renewed appetite from cash-rich Europeans and people dealing in dollars, who will certainly be in a strong position on the back of currency value swings. We put out a briefing to clients today, and in just a few hours we’ve registered a huge number of new buyers keen to look at all price ranges and locations," he says.

    "Prices had levelled off to a fair degree as the referendum drew near and uncertainty over the outcome mounted, so I would predict that house prices in the most sought-after locations should stay pretty much where they are."

  17. Sports Direct warns on pound hit

    Sports Direct sign

    Sports Direct has put out a stock market announcement to say it will be affected by market volatility - in particular "material changes to sterling/dollar exchange rates" - caused by the UK's decision to leave the EU.

    This is likely to "impact purchases for which the company is currently not hedged", the retailer said.

    Shares in Sports Direct are down 16% with about 30 minutes of trading to go.

    Clothing retailers have warned that the pound's steep drop - down 7.2% against the dollar a short while ago - will make imported materials more expensive.