The EU referendum campaign has reached its conclusion with a vote from the British people to leave the European Union.
The campaign has been an emotional one that has at times divided our society in ways we might never have imagined.
We will now move forward into a period of negotiations and redefining our relationship with the rest of Europe and the wider world. During this time of uncertainty I hope that our national conversation will be one of dignified dialogue, respecting difference and our fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law and respect and tolerance.
This respect must be extended not only to those who do not share our political views but to those with different faiths and beliefs and to those without faith; and to those from all over the world who have enriched British society with their outstanding contributions to the life of our country.
The United Kingdom must continue to be an outward facing society, confident of its place in the world.
In a world of fast changing challenges we must reject isolation and continue to engage with the world, working in constructive partnership with our European neighbours on the many issues that unite us.
May God’s Divine presence, light and love shine down upon us, enabling us to raise our spirits of hope and understanding; and may we remember how good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together.