Britain's bitterly contested referendum on whether to quit the European Union was too close to call on Friday as partial results showed a deeply divided nation, while the pound was hammered on growing market...
Britain’s bitterly contested referendum on whether to quit the European Union was too close to call on Friday as partial results showed a deeply divided nation, while the pound was hammered on growing market fears of a “Brexit”. Initial results suggested those in favour of quitting the EU were outperforming pollsters’ expectations.
“The dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom,” U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said to loud cheers at a “leave” campaign party.
“Let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day!”
Earlier, Farage told Sky News as voting ended: “It’s been an extraordinary referendum campaign, turnout looks to be exceptionally high and looks like Remain will edge it.”
Farage said his prediction was based on “what I know from some of my friends in the financial markets who have done some big polling”. Government minister Theresa Villiers, who also campaigned for Britain to leave, told Sky her instinct was that the Remain side had won.
Opinion polls put Remain in the lead by margins of 52-48 or 54-46 percent. The surveys and Farage’s comments had pushed the pound to its highest level this year, above $1.50, before it plunged on the early results.
Farage later tweeted: “I now dare to dream that the dawn is coming up on an independent United Kingdom.