David Cameron announces resignation as Prime Minister following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union in a historic referendum, with 51.89% of the population voting to leave and 48.11% voting for remain.
Almost 46.5 million people were registered to vote in Thursday’s referendum.
Pro-independence party UKIP leader and Leave campaigner Nigel Farage told a group of journalists at Westminster following the Leave side’s victory that the EU is “dying.”
Calling for a ‘Brexit government,’ he added that “we’ve given ourselves the chance to rejoin the world … June 23rd needs to become a national bank holiday and we will call it Independence Day.”
He called on Prime Minister David Cameron to resign as a result of the referendum.
“The dawn is coming up on an independent United Kingdom, something that you did your absolute best — you used all of your powers — to prevent,” he said.
“You did it using every organ of state available to you. You’ve lost the trust of the British people. Go, go now.”
The result reflects a deeply divided union.
The town of Boston in Lincolnshire, England, had the biggest margin of victory for leave voters — 76% to 24%.
The tiny British overseas territory of Gibraltar has the biggest margin of victory for Remain. About 96% of ballots there were for remain.
In one of the most divisive campaigns in recent memory, polls had consistently shown voters split down the middle, with the outcome too close to call, and wavering voters likely to determine the result.
The UK has been a member of the European Union — and its precursors — since 1973.