British Prime Minister Gordon Brown tonight said the rejection of the $700bn (€482bn) bail-out plan was “very disappointing”.
He said: “The vote in America is very disappointing.
“In recent times we in Britain have taken decisive action to maintain the stability of our system.
“The Governor of the Bank of England, the Chancellor and I will take whatever action necessary to ensure continued stability for Britain.”
When asked if he had spoken to President George Bush about the vote he said: “We’ve obviously sent a message to the White House about the importance of taking decisive action.”
Tory leader David Cameron said: ``Clearly the eyes of the world are on Congress and a deal is needed in order to stabilise financial markets not just in America but elsewhere.
“What is needed is for parties to work together and there may be lessons for us back home.
“We are a responsible opposition, we stand ready to work with the Government and help the Government in any way at what is a time of great anxiety.”