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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: 'Let June 23 be the UK's Independence day'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said that if predictions are correct that the UK will leave the European Union, June 23rd should go down in history as the country's Independence Day.

"Dare to dream that dawn is breaking on independent United Kingdom," he said. "This will be a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, a victory for decent people."

I hope this victory brings down this failed project and leads us to a Europe of sovreign nation states trading together, being friends together, co-operating together and let's get rid of the flag, the anthem, Brussels and all that has gone wrong.

Let June 23rd go down in our history as our Independence Day.

– Nigel Farage

Asked if David Cameron should resign if the UK has voted for Brexit, Nigel Farage replied: "Immediately."

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