- Massive 22-point win for Leave in Sunderland signalled the direction of the battle in dramatic night of results
- Brexit camp also turned the tables in Swansea, where Remain had been expected to romp home by 10 points
- Vote in favour of EU membership was very strong in London and Scotland
- But experts say impossible for In to triumph after losing Birmingham, Southampton, and much of North of England
- The value of Pound has slumped to a 31-year low against US dollar as markets take fright at looming result
- Ukip leader Nigel Farage has hailed a ‘victory for real people’ and said it is Britain’s ‘Independence Day’
- David Cameron will give his response to the result within hours and could declare he will quit
- Brexit supporting MPs have delivered a letter to PM urging him to stay on whatever the outcome
By JAMES TAPSFIELD, POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE and TIM SCULTHORPE, DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE
Britain has been hit by a political earthquake after the historic EU referendum delivered clear backing for Brexit.
The Leave campaign prevailed after stacking up votes across England and Wales – despite massive support for Remain in Scotland and major cities including London.
David Cameron is expected to give his response to the dramatic verdict within hours, with speculation that he will herald the end of his tenure in Downing Street. Meanwhile Ukip leader Nigel Farage has hailed a ‘victory for real people’ and declared June 23 the country’s ‘Independence Day’.
The Pound nose-dived to its lowest level against the US dollar for 31 years as the markets took fright at the news. Scottish nationalists are already raising the prospect of a second independence referendum.
- Sunderland voted by a massive 61 per cent to 39 per cent for Brexit – far higher than expected. In Swansea, where Remain had been forecast to win by 10 percentage points, Leave ended up by 52 per cent to 48 per cent.
- Among a slew of poor results, Remain also only won by 51 per cent to 49 per cent in Newcastle, less than many had anticipated.
- Experts now say there is no chance of Remain emerging victorious overall, with the final outcome expected to be 52-48.
- The news sent the Pound plunging against the US dollar, losing around 20 cents to hit its lowest level since 1985.
- The Brexit victory came despite Mr Farage admitted seconds after polls closed that Remain looked to have ‘edged’ the referendum. Boris Johnson reportedly told a passenger on the Tube that his side had lost the referendum battle.
- Final polls had also predicted a Remain victory by up to 54-46.
- More than 80 Tory Brexit backers have written to David Cameron urging him to stay on in Downing Street whatever the outcome.
The direction of the battle started to become clear with a shock result in Sunderland which saw the Out camp win by 61 per cent to 39 per cent. Analysis before the referendum had suggested Leave could be on track to win if they were more than six percentage points ahead.
A surprise victory for Brexit in Swansea, where the pro-EU side had been expecting to romp home, signposted a disastrous showing for Remain across Wales. Areas like Carmarthenshire decisively turned their back on Brussels.
Newcastle was less clear cut for the pro-EU side than they had hoped, seeing them sneak home by just 51 per cent to 49 per cent.
Remain had some bright spots, with chunky wins in London, Scotland and Oxford. Wandsworth in particular piled in with a massive 77 per cent in favour of staying.
However, with the overwhelming majority of results in, the English cities and Scotland have not been enough to offset the will of the rest of the country.
Speaking at a jubilant Leave.EU rally in central London, Mr Farage said June 23 would go down in history as ‘our independence day’.
In a remark that could prove controversial after Labour MP Jo Cox was shot dead last week, Mr Farage said the country was separating from the EU ‘without a single bullet being fired’ .
‘Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom,’ he said.
‘This, if the predictions now are right, this will be a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, a victory for decent people.
‘We have fought against the multinationals, we have fought against the big merchant banks, we have fought against big politics, we have fought against lies, corruption and deceit.
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