Looking back on a momentous night as the East helps trigger a shock Brexit

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

The region is coming to terms with one of the most momentous political decisions in the country's history after we voted to leave the European Union.

The East was overwhelmingly in favour of Brexit, with only five of the 56 counting areas coming down on the side of Remain.

Norwich, Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire, North Hertfordshire and St Albans were very much in the minority as voters in East Anglia made their feelings known.

People turned out in big numbers to have their say, with many having to dodge adverse weather conditions to get to the polling stations.

Turnout peaked at 76% - more than last year's General Election.

When the result was announced, it sparked wild celebrations for many, with Leave supporters insisting the country can look forward to a bright future.

But within hours the Prime Minister had resigned and the stock market had plunged, though shares recovered somewhat this afternoon.

Clacton MP Douglas Carswell could barely contain his excitement outside Parliament today. Credit: PA

For all the champagne corks being popped in the leave camp, there was a feeling of numbness and shock among the remain ranks.

A YouGov poll early in the night suggested it was they who were destined to secure a majority, but their campaign unraveled before their eyes.

As the sun rose over Lowestoft, there was a realisation that Britain was about to enter unchartered territory. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Now, the focus will turn to assessing the implications of such a huge decision as Britain enters a new era.