The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum, with 51.89 percent of the population favouring to leave while 48.11 percent voting to remain, according to a report on the CNN.
Almost 46.5 million people were registered to vote in the referendum Thursday, June 23, in the UK.
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 was “dying”, according to CNN.
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, according to the report.
“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 report said.
The town of Boston in Lincolnshire, England, had the biggest margin of victory for leave voters – 76percent to 24 percent.
The tiny British overseas territory of Gibraltar has the biggest margin of victory for “Remain”. About 96 percent of ballots there were for remain.
The UK has been a member of the European Union — and its precursors — since 1973. Abbie Escarilla