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IMF head calls for quick end to Brexit uncertainty

  • China's Premier Li Keqiang, center, speaks during the 1+6 Roundtable on promoting growth in the Chinese and global economies at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

    China's Premier Li Keqiang, center, speaks during the 1+6 Roundtable on promoting growth in the Chinese and global economies at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)  (The Associated Press)

  • Participants attend the 1+6 Roundtable on promoting growth in the Chinese and global economies at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

    Participants attend the 1+6 Roundtable on promoting growth in the Chinese and global economies at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)  (The Associated Press)

  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) director Christine Lagarde, left, is greeted by Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People's Bank of China, right, at the 1+6 Roundtable on promoting growth in the Chinese and global economies at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

    International Monetary Fund (IMF) director Christine Lagarde, left, is greeted by Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People's Bank of China, right, at the 1+6 Roundtable on promoting growth in the Chinese and global economies at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)  (The Associated Press)

The head of the International Monetary Fund is calling for quick action to end uncertainty over Britain's vote to leave the European Union that she says is dampening global economic growth.

Christine Lagarde said Friday the IMF cut this year's global growth forecast by 0.1 percentage points due to the British vote. She spoke ahead of a weekend gathering of finance officials from the Group of 20 major economies.

Lagarde said, "Our first and immediate recommendation is for this uncertainty surrounding the terms of Brexit to be removed as quickly as possible so that we know the terms of trade and the ways in which the United Kingdom will continue to operate in the global economy."