“It is a decision we obviously regret. Not the fact that the people voted democratically, because that is normal and healthy in a democracy”, he said.

“We are European supporters and we want Europe to continue to expand and continue to be a space of cohesion and peace”, he said.

The minister also sent a message to the Portuguese communities, particularly the one in the UK: “The government will do everything so the living conditions of these people is ensured and that they have all the support they need at this time”.

British voters decided that the UK should leave the EU, after the Leave campaign won 51.9% of the votes in Thursday’s referendum, which had a 72.2% participation rate.