Britain now needs a Brexit government, Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said.
The leading leave campaign supporter said that in the wake of Britain voting to leave the EU, the nation needs a government that will begin the renegotiation of its trade relationship with Europe.
"We're now free to start making our own trade deals and associations with the rest of the world," Mr Farage said.
"With this result, we've left behind a failing political union, we've given ourselves the chance to rejoin the world in the 21st century global economy.
"We need the negotiations to start as soon as humanly possible. We need to start thinking globally about our future."
Mr Farage added that the Brexit vote was a victory against big merchant banks, big businesses and big politics, and called for June 23 to be a national Bank Holiday known as Independence Day.
Sheffield votes to Leave EU. Amazing stuff. Delighted.
Nigel Farage has hailed an "amazing" result in Sheffield after the city voted to leave the EU.
The Ukip leader - who earlier predicted a Remain win - said he was "delighted".
Nigel Farage has told Robert Peston that he still believes Remain "will probably nick it [the referendum] by a fraction".
Mr Farage also said:
- Ukip would continue to pose an "electoral threat"
- the Sunderland result was bad for the Labour Party
- the government "must carry out the wishes of the British people"
- the EU project is "dead" and "bad for Britain"
- the referendum will "change the landscape forever"
Nigel Farage has said "no matter the result of the battle", Euroscepticism is "winning the war".
"Win or lose this battle, we will win this war, we will get this country back, we will get our independence back and we will get our borders back," the Ukip leader said.
Speaking to reporters as he arrived at Leave.EU party, Mr Farage paid tribute to Brexit voters who he said had challenged the establishment and elite during a "long campaign" - one, he added, he had fought for 25 years.
Farage, while denying he was conceding defeat, said he believed the government's decision to extend the voter registration "tips the balance to remain".
"I hope I'm wrong," he added.
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Nigel Farage confirming he won't give up the fight if there is a REMAIN result tonight. 'The Eurosceptic genie is out of the bottle' he says
Farage very unhappy that more people registered to vote and decided to take up their democratic right ???
Nigel Farage has said he believes Britain has opted to stay in the EU based on information he has received from his friends in the City.
The Ukip leader told the Press Association that he is resigned to defeat based on "what I know from some of my friends in the financial markets who have done some big polling".
The government's decision to extend the voter registration deadline has helped Remain win the EU referendum, Nigel Farage has claimed.
The deadline to register to vote on June 23 was extended after the government-run website crashed due to a last-minute surge of applicants.
And Mr Farage, who has predicted a Remain win, believe this decision was pivotal in the campaign.
The Ukip leader, a Brexit campaigner for over two years, told HuffPost UK:
My view has been the sizeable number of registrations which took place in the 48 hour extension has played a part.
They got a huge number of young people. That’s going to make a difference.
The whole government campaign has been about registering young people and that’s made a big, big difference.
Nigel Farage has said it looks like Remain will win the EU referendum.
The Ukip leader and key figure calling for Britain to leave the EU told Sky News that "it looks like Remain will edge it".
Nigel Farage today responded to claims that he had apologised over the controversial Breaking Point poster.
The Ukip leader responded to questions after his final leve speech of the EU referendum campiagn, saying "I cannot apologise for the truth".
He added that the picture showed "what is wrong with the European Union".
Video report by ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston
A battle of words erupted between Nigel Farage and David Cameron over a recent controversial Ukip poster, which suggested migrants had pushed Britain to "breaking point".
Mr Farage stood by the poster, and also accused the prime minister of linking the motives of Jo Cox's alleged killer to the Leave campaign.
With the EU referendum just days away, campaign rhetoric on both sides of the EU debate continues to intensify.
Nigel Farage has rejected any association between the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox and the Leave campaign.
Speaking at a final "We Want Our Country Back" EU referendum campaign event in Gateshead, Mr Farage said: "That man acted in isolation. What that man did was an act of barbarism and every one of us who will go out to vote to leave condemns utterly and thoroughly what he did."