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The Latest: EU officials call UK 'leave' leaders cowards

  • FILE - A Tuesday, June 28, 2016 photo from files showing European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, right, greeting United Kingdom Independence Party leader, Nigel Farage, during a special session of European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday. Farage announced on Monday July 4, 2016 that he is resigning as leader of the party. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)

    FILE - A Tuesday, June 28, 2016 photo from files showing European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, right, greeting United Kingdom Independence Party leader, Nigel Farage, during a special session of European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday. Farage announced on Monday July 4, 2016 that he is resigning as leader of the party. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • British ruling Conservative Party Member of Parliament, Andrea Leadsom, launches her campaign in London, Monday, July 4, 2016. British Prime Minister David Cameron resigned on June 24, after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    British ruling Conservative Party Member of Parliament, Andrea Leadsom, launches her campaign in London, Monday, July 4, 2016. British Prime Minister David Cameron resigned on June 24, after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bank of England governor Mark Carney pauses as he speaks during a news conference at the Bank of England in London, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Carney says some of the risks predicted to the economy before the referendum on leaving the European Union have begun to crystalize, but that the institution will act to support jobs and growth. (Dylan Martinez/ Pool via AP)

    Bank of England governor Mark Carney pauses as he speaks during a news conference at the Bank of England in London, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Carney says some of the risks predicted to the economy before the referendum on leaving the European Union have begun to crystalize, but that the institution will act to support jobs and growth. (Dylan Martinez/ Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on Britain's vote to leave the European Union (all times local):

9:40 a.m.

Top European Union officials have launched a tirade against leaders of the campaign to get Britain out of the EU, saying they devastated the country and then resigned like cowards.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told EU lawmakers Tuesday that "the Brexit heroes of yesterday are the sad Brexit heroes of today."

He said that "Leave" campaign figureheads Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage "are not patriots. Patriots don't resign when things get difficult, they stay."

European People's Party head Manfred Weber said "we don't know where Mr. Farage is today. Perhaps he's on an island enjoying himself." Farage is an EU lawmaker but was not at the assembly in Strasbourg.

Weber said: "This is completely cowardly."

Liberal bloc leader Guy Verhofstadt likened the resignations to "rats fleeing a sinking ship."