Leave campaign ahead in UK’s EU referendum vote
The UK’s EU referendum is proving close but the Remain campaign appears to be failing to pick up enough support outside London to win.
At 03:45 BST Leave were ahead by over 500,000 votes, with the English shires and Wales voting strongly for Brexit.
UKIP’s Nigel Farage said: “Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom.”
The pound surged as polls closed before falling to its lowest level since 1985, on signs of a Leave victory.
Scotland and Northern Ireland appear to have opted for Remain and London has voted emphatically to stay in the EU.