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UK votes to leave the EU in historic referendum

The UK has voted to leave the European Union after 43 years in an historic referendum. Leave won by 52% to 48%.

  • David Cameron has announced he will resign as prime minister in October.
  • Nicola Sturgeon has said another independence referendum in Scotland is highly likely.
  • Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said that voters have "spoken clearly" and the government's job is to "get on with that decision, protecting the economy and doing all we can to get the best outcome for Britain"
  • The pound fell to its lowest level in 31 years
  • Nigel Farage told supporters that June 23 should go down as "our independence day"
  • Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland contributed significantly to the Remain vote across the UK and the Scottish people "see their future as part of the EU"
  • Britain's vote to leave the EU has "very significant implications" for Ireland, its government said
  • Sinn Fein has called for a referendum on a united Ireland
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Farage: Brexit a 'victory for ordinary, decent people'

Nigel Farage said Brexit is a "victory for ordinary, decent people", as he declared the UK a "normal" country once more.

Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain, he said: "It's a fantastic day and it's a victory not for me... but for ordinary, decent people who've taken on the establishment and won.

"All it's doing is making us a normal country. There are 183 countries in the world who have independence days. Today we became the 184th. Normal countries elect their own leaders, who make their own laws, have their own courts, control their own borders. That is what normal countries do.

"The only reason we've got to this mess is that my parents generation were sold a lie. They were told it was a common market and it became a political union. And today that wrong has been has been righted."

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