5:30 The Pound Sterling is down to an exchange of 1.32 US Dollars or 1.20 Euros, an unprecedented drop in a matter of hours for such a previously strong reserve currency, and the markets haven’t even opened yet…
5:28 Sinn Fein says of the division between Northern Irish and UK sentiment in the EU Referendum that it “intensifies the case for a United Ireland”
5:24 NORTHERN IRELAND HAS DECLARED THE MAJORITY OF ITS CONSTITUENCIES IN SUPPORT OF REMAIN
5:13 Boris Johnson’s cat takes questions outside of his London home while he takes a victory nap inside
5:03 Nicola Sturgeon on Scotland’s unanimous Remain decision: “The people of Scotland see their future as a part of the EU….Scotland has spoken and spoken decisively.”
5:02 Only 50 constituencies are left to declare their votes, with most major news sources calling the referendum for a Leave victory
5:00 All Scottish constituencies have voted to Remain in the European Union, however Wales has declared a majority of constituencies for the Leave campaign.
4:59 LEEDS DECLARES IN SUPPORT FOR REMAIN (194,863 REMAIN 192,472 LEAVE)
4:52 BBC has called the referendum for a Leave victory. The United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union
4:41 With more then 800,000 votes between Leave and Remain camps, and with voter turnout having reached 72 per cent, SkyNews has declared the Referendum result to be a win for the Leave campaign
4:35 Currently waiting for Birmingham and Leeds, two large urban centres for England, to declare their vote
4:29 The value of the pound against the dollar is lower than it has been since September 1985
4:25 Only 100 constituencies left to declare their votes, and Leave leads with a 3 point margin
4:21 Nigel Farage on the political revolution which will follow this historic vote “…and not a bullet was fired” …Sorry I don’t think Jo Cox’s family would agree with you…
4:17 With both camps having broken the 10 million voting mark, national voter turnout is on the brink of 72 per cent, an unprecedented amount
4:09 The Referendum drinking game: If Farage quotes an alien invasion apocalypse movie you have to chug your drink…Wait that actually happened? Yes. Yes it did. Chug chug chug….
4:05 CARDIFF DECLARES IN SUPPORT FOR REMAIN (101,788 REMAIN 67,819 LEAVE)
4:03 Nigel Farage on the rising tide of the Leave campaign: “The dawn is breaking on a independent United Kingdom…Let June 23rd go down in history as our independence day”
4:02 BRISTOL DECLARES IN SUPPORT FOR REMAIN (14,1027 REMAIN 87,418 LEAVE)
4:00 DOVER DECLARES IN SUPPORT FOR LEAVE (40,410 LEAVE 24,606 REMAIN)
3:57 The Pound Sterling has reached an all time low at an exchange rate of 1.36 US Dollars or 1.23 Euros
3:50 MANCHESTER DECLARES SUPPORT FOR REMAIN (121,823 REMAIN 79,991 LEAVE)
3:47 TENDRING DECLARES SUPPORT IN A LANDSLIDE FOR LEAVE (57,447 LEAVE 25,210 REMAIN)
3:43 The voter turnout of 71.4 per cent has been called the largest national voter turnout in Britain’s postwar period
3:41 More than half of the constituencies have now declared their vote in this historic decision, and the Leave camp is leading with 51.5 per cent to Remain’s 48.5 per cent
3:38 Both campaigns have just broken the 7 million mark for ballots declared, with 7,436,928 voting to Leave and 7,089,675 voting to Remain
3:35 EDINBURGH DECLARES SUPPORT IN A LANDSLIDE FOR REMAIN (187,796 REMAIN 64,498 LEAVE)
3:32 Pound Stirling has dropped to the lowest it has been all night, a night which has already been called unprecedented for the UK market
3:31 Leave campaign pulls ahead with a 51.3 per cent lead to Remain’s 48.7 after recent victories in England
3:26 SHEFFIELD DECLARES IN SUPPORT FOR LEAVE (136,018 LEAVE 130,735 REMAIN)
3:23 GREAT YARMOUTH DECLARES IN SUPPORT FOR LEAVE (35,844 LEAVE 14,283 REMAIN)
3:20 Some comic relief for those having trouble staying awake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31FFTx6AKmU&feature=youtu.be if only this referendum were were so black and white…..
3:12 DARLINGTON DECLARES IN SUPPORT FOR LEAVE (30,994 LEAVE 24,172 REMAIN)
3:10 A dead heat tie has commenced with 50 per cent voting In and 50 per cent voting Out
3:08 ABERDEEN DECLARES IN SUPPORT FOR REMAIN (63,985 REMAIN 40,729 LEAVE)
3:06 WESTMINSTER DECLARES IN SUPPORT FOR REMAIN (53,928 REMAIN 24,268 LEAVE)
3:00 Exactly 5 hours since the polls have closed and the voter turnout nation-wide has just broken the 70 per cent mark
2:58 Exactly 1 per cent divides results so far, with 50.5 voting to Remain and 49.5 voting to Leave
2:55 Liverpool is the 10th Northwest constituency to be announced, and the only one to vote Remain so far
2:51 LIVERPOOL DECLARES IN SUPPORT FOR REMAIN (118,453 REMAIN 851,01 LEAVE)
2:48 The 3 million mark has just been broken by both camps, with the count currently being 3,114,669 Remain versus 3,063,397 Leave
2:38 PERTH AND KINROSS DECLARES IN SUPPORT FOR REMAIN (49,641 REMAIN 31,614 LEAVE)
2:33 64 of the 382 constituencies have declared their stance in this historic referendum
2:30 Both campaigns have just broken 2 million votes, with 2,173,674 to Remain versus 2,141,013 to Leave
2:27 Remain campaign has pulled ahead after Glasgow and Falkirk declarations
2:24 FALKIRK DECLARES IN SUPPORT FOR REMAIN (44,987 REMAIN 34,271 LEAVE)
2:22 GLASGOW DECLARES IN A LANDSLIDE TO REMAIN (168,335 REMAIN 84,474 LEAVE)
2:20 The pound has dropped 10 cents in the past hour, an unprecedented plunge. Experts are calling it the most volatile day for the pound in modern history.
2:18 OXFORD DECLARES IN A LANDSLIDE TO REMAIN (49,424 REMAIN 20,973 LEAVE).
2:15 More Scotland results: Angus, East Lothian, Inverclyde, and Renfewshire all vote to Remain
2:12 Provisional results for Northern Ireland stance says that it will be closer then expected, although the majority of Belfast’s ballots still need to be counted
2:10 Nigel Farage says his UKIP party “will still win the war” even if Remain clinches a win tonight
2:07 Scotland is currently supporting a Remain vote, with 61.3 per cent voting in and 38.7 voting out thus far
2:05 Glasgow result is pending as the Pound Sterling is dropping….what a night we are having!
2:00 SWANSEA DECLARES IN SUPPORT NARROWLY FOR LEAVE (58,307 REMAIN 61,936 LEAVE)
01:54 CITY OF LONDON DECLARES IN SUPPORT OF REMAIN (REMAIN 3312 LEAVE 1087) The second smallest voting area, beaten only by the Isles of Scilly.
01:53 Remain is well adrift from what was predicted in the North East.
01:44 BASILDON DECLARES IN SUPPORT OF LEAVE (30748 REMAIN 67251 LEAVE)
01:42 The fall in the pound is the third biggest fall on record. It is rivalled only by the fall out to the 2008 financial crisis and Black Wednesday.
01:41 Leave is currently ahead by 3,027 votes.
01:39 THE WESTERN ISLES VOTE TO REMAIN (8,232 REMAIN 6,671 LEAVE)
01:33 Of Belfast the 4 constituencies it looks like unionist areas have participated far more in this election than the republican areas.
01:32 Don’t speak too soon…
01:31 There have been 13/382 Declarations so far.
01:28 DUNDEE DECLARE (39,688 REMAIN 26,697 LEAVE)
01:21 SOUTH TYNESIDE DECLARE IN SUPPORT OF LEAVE. Labour’s remain message doesn’t seem to have been heard as clearly as expected.
01:18 Scotland’s chief returning officer, Mary Pitcaithly, predicted overall turnout in Scotland would reach 70-80% after a day of “steady” voting at polling stations earlier. It seems turnout will be a little lower than that but still encouraging when compared to GE turnouts.
01:17 Terrible weather in London could reduce the margins Remain are expecting to make in the city.
01:10 SHETLAND DECLARE (5315 LEAVE 6907 REMAIN) Eurosceptic in the 80s, it looks like Shetland has changed its stripes.
01:08 All praise Ian Hislop.
01:06 Leave currently leads by 18,778.
01:04 Oxford turnout according to Richard Adams as 72% (70,411/ 97,331 on the electoral roll).
01:00 British citizens living abroad are eligible to vote unless they left the country more than 15 years ago. Judges have suggested that the government are “entitled to adopt a cut-off period at which extended residence abroad might indicate a weakening of ties with the United Kingdom”.
00:57 BROXBOURNE DECLARES IN SUPPORT OF LEAVE. The first home counties result is fairly predictable.
00:55 Are Sunderland and Newcastle outliers? Swindon a muted Leave success.
00:53 SWINDON DECLARES (REMAIN 51,220 LEAVE 61,745) Silence in the room there followed by some subdued clapping as result is announced.
00:50 Fredrik Reinfeld, former Swedish PM has told ITV that ““I think what David Cameron actually achieved was to say that this one-size-fits all Europe which has created such a worry in Britain is not the Europe for the future. This will be a European Union that actually could go in some kinds of different directions at the same time.”
00:45 Its all kicking off in Oxford…
00:38 Questions are being raised about whether Sunderland’s shock vote is the result of a letter sent by Nissan (a huge employer in the area) urging their workers to support for Remain.
00:37 This year’s election in Scotland saw 16 year olds eligible to vote. Today however it has been only those 18 year old and older that have been able to take part.
00:33 Win or loose this battle tonight we will win this war- Nigel Farage.
00:29 The Pound is down by 6% against the Dollar- a significant fall the likes of which haven’t been seen since the financial crisis…
00:28 “Those suffering poverty and deprivation are the strongest in support of Leave ” Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru
00:22 Disaster has struck. My tea is cold. As I abandon my post to replenish supplies please enjoy the #dogsatpollingstations hashtag.
00:21 0.5% currently splits the two camps.
00:19 Newcastle 49.3% to 50.7%. Barely 1% in it. Nobody expected that…
00:16 SUNDERLAND DECLARES (REMAIN 51930 LEAVE 82,394) Leave leads by 3,208.
00:14 CLACKMANNANSHIRE DECLARED AS A REMAIN WIN
00.09 The markets seem spooked by that Newcastle result…
00:05 Scotland could prove to be a lynch pin of this referendum. While turnout is expected to be lower than in the Indie Ref it still represents a large electorate.
00:03 ORKNEY ISLANDS DECLARED AS A REMAIN WIN.
00:02 Newcastle upon Tyne turnout 68%.
00.00 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE DECLARES (REMAIN 65,404 LEAVE 63,598) Experts expected Remain to leave the Brexit camp in its dust…
23:58 Unlike in GEs, peers are eligible to vote in this referendum.
23:51 The pound Sterling hit a 2016 high against the dollar today and the FTSE 100 finished 1.23% higher which suggests that the markets are more confident than the have been in previous days for a Remain win.
23:48 “Angry natives don’t win elections” Douglas Carswell.
23:47 Cicero knows whats up…
“Can you think of any strait, any channel, that has the currents and variety of rough patches and changes of tide strong enough to match the upsets and the ebb and flow that accompany the workings of elections? The whole situation is often changed by having to break off for a day or by night intervening and the merest breath of a rumour sometimes changes everyone’s views… Nothing is more fickle than people in a crowd, nothing harder to discover than how men intend to vote, nothing trickier than the whole way in which elections work.”
23:42 Farage places emphasis on government registration extension as a reason that Remain could be victorious.
23:38 Nigel Farage has distanced himself from previous statements suggesting that Remain have “edged it” by stating that that idea came from the views of his friends in the city.
23: 36 GIBRALTAR DECLARES (19, 322 REMAIN 823 LEAVE) No surprises there then…
23:33 The electoral commission has estimated that about 5.5 million British citizens will vote from abroad.
23:31 Counting has briefly stopped in some areas for a moment of silence for the late MP Jo Cox.
23:30 There are approximately 20,000 Gibraltarians taking part in this referendum who have a right, along with Cyprus and Malta, to vote.
23:28 Gibraltar turnout reported to be 84%. The result, expected to be strongly pro-Remain, is expected to be declared before midnight.
23.25 A record 46 million people are eligible to vote in today’s Referendum.
23:20 In fact, other than J-Dibz there are limited similarities we can draw between the voting procedure in the 2015 election and tonight’s shenanigans. Voting areas do not mirror constituencies. There are 382 counting areas split into 12 regional counting centres. This differs in Ireland where there are 8 counting centres.
23:17 Unlike the GE there will be no exit polls to pontificate about tonight. The closest thing to it will probably be yesterday’s YouGov survey which put Remain ahead by 4 points with a 52:48 split.
23:15 First results expected at 00.30. Will it be Newcastle, Sunderland or Gibraltar who declare first?
23:12 Unofficial reports of high turnouts supported by Kettering turnout at 76%, significantly higher than that of the General Election.
23.09 Theresa Villiers tosses her hat in the ring to suggest that Remain has edged it.
23.07 Chris Grayling concedes that he was one of the 84MPs who have written to David Cameron to state that he has a “duty to continue” as PM whatever the result of the referendum. Is this a sign of a Leave camp lacking confidence early on?
23:00 Welcome to The Student‘s coverage of the EU Referendum.