The BBC and ITV have, within the last half an hour, called the result:
The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union
The Leave vote won by a margin of almost 4%, rounding up to 52% Leave versus 48% Remain.
Nigel Farage, Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, or UKIP, said:
“The election was won, in my view, in the Midlands and the North and it was the old Labour vote that came to us and we, particularly as a party, campaigned as hard as we could in those areas.
“An opinion poll in the Netherlands said that a majority there now want to leave, so we may well be close perhaps to Nexit.
“Similarly in Denmark a majority there are in favour of leaving so we could be quite close to Dexit.
“And I’m told the same may apply to Sweden and perhaps Austria and perhaps even Italy too.
“The EU is failing, the EU is dying, I hope that we’ve got the first brick out of the wall.
“We need the negotiations to start as soon as humanly possible, we need to start thinking globally about our future, and the other thing I think that needs to happen is that June 23 needs to become a national bank holiday and we will call it Independence Day.”