How the fallout from the EU Referendum unfolded on Friday June 24
PUBLISHED: 12:44 24 June 2016 | UPDATED: 08:55 25 June 2016
Reaction, analysis and updates from Norfolk on a historic day as Britain voted to leave the European Union sparking David Cameron to resign.
With votes counted in all 382 polling areas, Leave received 17,410,742 votes (51.9%) against 16,141,241 (48.1%) for Remain
May be the storms and deluges of yesterday were some kind of omen, but as the dawn settles on a new day, Britain is waking up to the prospect of life outside of the EU.
Voters have spoken decisively in favour of Brexit. Across Norfolk people voted to leave, only Norwich proved the exception – in what was an overwhelming tide to leave.
We all wait to see what happens now – will David Cameron continue as prime minister, and what will be the exact nature and timing of what must be his inevitable departure? Will there be another general election later this year, what shocks, if any, will beset our economy?
Will Britain be about to embark on a new independent path as Brexit campaigners have long-hoped?
The Leave campaign performed better than expected, while Remain’s results were underwhelming even where they won, and perhaps it is no surprise. The Leave campaign was fought with a zeal and passion which stood in stark contrast to the apologist arguments being put forward by the Remain camp.
It is a result which has caught the political classes cold – and may be that was the point, because at its heart the campaign centred on a disconnect between the elites and the people who elect them, which has been sharply brought into focus.
It also exposed deep divisions within the UK with London and Scotland voting Remain while the Labour heartlands in the North-East backing Brexit, the first indication that the political tectonic plates were shifting.
The result will have aftershocks in Europe too – how might other sceptical EU nations such as Denmark now react to the news of Brexit, will other countries follow – the future of the whole EU project itself may now be called into question.
And don’t forget Scotland and even Northern Ireland may well call for further referenda on their place within the UK. But that is for the future.
Today the sun is shining again after the storms of the night before, and life will carry on pretty much as it has before, for now. But a new era has truly begun.