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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Time for Project Let's-Make-the-Best-of-it.