The UK has voted to leave the EU after a bitter and divisive campaign.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will resign by the time of the Conservative party conference in October.
Boris Johnson has said that the British people “have spoken up for democracy”. The EU was “a noble idea for its time,” he said. “It is no longer
right for this country.”.
Financial markets across the world are down sharply. Sterling has plummeted and banking stocks are taking a heavy beating in early trading.
Bank of England govenor Mark Carney has said they “will not hesitate to take any additional measures” to ensure monetary and financial stability.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has she will begin to prepare the legislation for a new vote on Scottish independence.
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- It is a Leave victory – see our interactive results page
- Most of the country has turned against the EU with only London, Scotland and Northern Ireland delivering big wins for Remain.
- Turnout was 72%, with 16,141,241 cast in favour of Remain and 17,410,742 in favour of Leave
- Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will resign and that the new PM should be the one to decide when to trigger Article 50.
- The financial markets are in turmoil, sterling has fallen dramatically and volatility is hitting other major currencies. The Euro is suffering its worst day ever against the dollar. Banking stocks are particularly hard hit.
- The Bank of England has said it will “take all necessary steps to meet its responsibilities for monetary and financial stability.” Both the BoE and the ECB has said it is ready to provide additional liquidity if needed
- Leave campaigners Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have said informal negotiations will now start on the exit.
- Nicola Sturgeon confirms preparations for a new Scottish independence referendum