BRITAIN has voted to leave the European Union.
In a historic referendum result, the Leave campaign scored a narrow victory, with early surprise results in the north east of England hitting the Remain campaign’s hopes hard.
Overall turnout was 71.8%.
Earlier in the night, Gibraltar had voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU, with 96% of the Rock’s electorate choosing to Remain.
Along with Gibraltar, London and Scotland voted to Remain but many of Labour’s traditional heartlands in the north and Wales voted to Leave.
Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo is holding a special cabinet meeting to discuss the result this morning.
Picardo said: “We have surpassed greater challenges. It is time for unity, for calm & for rational thinking. Together & united we will continue to prosper.”
GSD leader Daniel Feetham pointed to ‘deep divisions’ in British society.
Feetham said: “We must deal in hope. We have a duty to set out a positive and workable road map for the future. I remain positive that we can do that.”
The pound has tumbled to its lowest against the dollar since 1985 as markets brace themselves for a turbulent day.
In Japan, the Nikkei index fell 8% overnight on the news.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: “Let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day.
“I hope this victory brings down this failed project and leads us to a Europe of sovereign nation states, trading together, being friends together, cooperating together, and let’s get rid of the flag, the anthem, Brussels, and all that has gone wrong.”
Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness has now demanded a referendum on Irish unity, with Northern Ireland having voted to Remain.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union.”
David Cameron is expected to make a statement at 9am CET.
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