ITV predict Leave victory in EU referendum

ITV have predicted a win for the Leave campaign in the EU referendum. Credit: ITV

ITV have predicted a win for the Leave campaign in the EU referendum.

At 4.35am on Friday 24 June, with results till being confirmed at polling centres across the UK, ITV said that their experts were predicting a Brexit.

In Northern Ireland, 790,523 votes were cast, with a turnout of 62.9%.

The final figures showed 440,707 votes for Remain with 349,442 for Leave.

The chair of talks between political parties during the Stormont crisis last year, US Special Envoy to NI Richard Haass, tweeted that a Brexit marked the ‘beginning of the end for the UK.’

UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed the result as the marking of the UK’s ‘Independence Day.’

Farage won ecstatic applause from Leave supporters as he told them at around 4am: "I now dare to dream that the dawn is coming up on an independent United Kingdom."

Pressure will now grow on Prime Minister David Cameron, who took the decision to hold the referendum.

Mr Cameron had campaigned to keep the UK in the EU, with the aim of reform from within.