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The Latest: Tony Blair sees danger after Brexit vote

  • Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May launches her leadership bid for Britain's ruling Conservative Party in London, Thursday, June 30, 2016. The battle to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron as Conservative Party leader has drawn strong contenders with the winner set to become prime minister and play a vital role in shaping Britain's future relationship with the European Union. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May launches her leadership bid for Britain's ruling Conservative Party in London, Thursday, June 30, 2016. The battle to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron as Conservative Party leader has drawn strong contenders with the winner set to become prime minister and play a vital role in shaping Britain's future relationship with the European Union. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May attends day three of the 2016 Henley Rowing Royal Regatta in Henley, England, Friday, July 1, 2016. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)

    Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May attends day three of the 2016 Henley Rowing Royal Regatta in Henley, England, Friday, July 1, 2016. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michael Gove fields questions from his audience at the Policy Exchange in London, where he set out his case for becoming prime minister, Friday July 1, 2016.  Gove says he should be the next prime minister because Britain needs to be led by someone who genuinely believes in leaving the European Union, and he has been advocating Brexit for 20 years. (Stefan Rousseau / PA via AP)

    Michael Gove fields questions from his audience at the Policy Exchange in London, where he set out his case for becoming prime minister, Friday July 1, 2016. Gove says he should be the next prime minister because Britain needs to be led by someone who genuinely believes in leaving the European Union, and he has been advocating Brexit for 20 years. (Stefan Rousseau / PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the British vote to leave the European Union (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who argued strongly that Britain should remain in the European Union, has warned that Britain is in peril following the Brexit vote.

Blair said in a Friday column in The Daily Telegraph that the future of the United Kingdom is at stake as the country faces negotiations on the terms of leaving the European Union.

He said Britain is dangerously divided, with "profound dismay" felt by many of the 48 percent who wanted to remain in the EU.

The former Labour Party leader, who won three consecutive elections, said his party is "effectively disabled" under its current leadership and called for the Conservative Party lawmakers running for party leader to spell out their plans quickly.

Blair did not call for a second referendum on EU membership but did say: "Actually the people do have a right to change their mind."

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9:30 a.m.

Political healing after Britain's vote to leave the European Union seemed a distant prospect Friday, as Justice Secretary Michael Gove ramped up his Conservative leadership bid, and a senior colleague called for him to step aside.

Gove's surprise entry into the leadership race led former London Mayor Boris Johnson — his erstwhile ally in the EU "leave" campaign — to drop out on Thursday.

Gove plans to spell out his plans for Britain's post-European Union future in a speech Friday.

Gove is up against Home Secretary Theresa May and three others to succeed David Cameron as party leader — and prime minister.

The result of last week's referendum has rattled Britain's economy and divided the country — 52 percent of voters wanted to leave the 28-nation bloc, while 48 percent voted to remain.