Results continue to pour in in the referendum on whether Britain will leave the EU or remain in it, and the ‘Leave’ camp continues to gain on the ‘Remain’ camp.
As of 6:30 a.m. Israel time, with 200 of 382 results declared, the ‘Leave’ camp had a lead of 51.7% over ‘Remain’.
At 3:45 a.m. BST Leave were ahead by over 500,000 votes, with the English shires and Wales voting strongly for Leave.
Scotland and Northern Ireland appear to have opted for Remain and London has voted emphatically to stay in the EU, noted the BBC.
‘Leave’ actually looked like it was headed for a loss, when shortly after polls closed, Nigel Farage, head of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), said it "looks like Remain will edge it".
But as his own side gained more and more votes, Farage tweeted, “I now dare to dream that the dawn is coming up on an independent United Kingdom.”
Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted a note of thanks to British residents who voted.
“Thank you everyone who voted to keep Britain stronger, safer & better off in Europe - and thousands of @StrongerIn campaigners around the UK,” he wrote.
The question of the exit from the EU has divided Britain’s two largest parties, with Cameron (Conservative) staunchly opposing exiting the EU, dubbed the “Brexit”, while, a number of high-profile members, including former London Mayor Boris Johnson, have campaigned in favor of “Leave”.
Labour Party chairman Jeremy Corbyn recently astonished long-time allies, abandoning four decades of opposition to the UK’s membership in the EU and coming out in favor of ‘remain’. Many trade unionists oppose Britain’s membership in the union, arguing that open-border policy within the EU and lack of trade restrictions harm British workers.