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Wales and England have voted to take the UK out of the European Union in the EU referendum

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Both Scotland and Northern Ireland had overwhelmingly backed staying in the EU
The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union after England and Wales convincingly backed Brexit.  Overnight counts revealed the UK had voted to leave by 52% to 48% on a turnout of 72.1%.  The Welsh figures almost exactly mirrored the UK totals with a 52.5% vote for leaving the EU compared to 47.5% for remaining.  As the results came in the pound plunged to the lowest level since 1985 and there were warnings of a rout when the stock markets open.

“London is going to get absolutely hammered,” said Chirantan Barua, banks analyst at Bernstein.  The only areas of Wales that voted to stay in the EU were Cardiff, Ceredigion, Gwynedd, Monmouthshire and the Vale of Glamorgan. London voted overwhelmingly in support of staying in the EU. One constituency, Lambeth, even reported an 80% vote for staying in.

However the dominance of the Leave vote outside of London and major cities like Manchester and Bristol swung the result.  "What you’re seeing in the South Wales Valleys and in North Wales is the same phenomenon you’re seeing in the North of England.

"It is working class white voters saying, sorry we don’t believe the Labour Party or the Government that the EU is good for us  "They haven’t trusted the messages that we have tried to communicate." Nigel Farage said "the dawn was breaking on an independent United Kingdom".  Before the result was announced this morning, he said: "If the predictions are right, this will be a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, a victory for decent people.

"We have fought against the multinationals, we have fought against the merchant banks, we have fought against lies and corruption. "And today we are going to win"And we will have done it without a single bullet being fired."We will have done it with damned hard work on the ground." Mr Hain said: “It’s a tragic result for Wales which will have serious consequences for us.

“I was hopeful because there had been a swing back to us.“But I was worried because the Labour vote was very hostile to remaining in the European Union.“The EU became a whipping boy....“Immigration was very toxic on the doorstep - even in areas where there has been no immigration.”

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies – one of Wales’ highest profile supporters of Brexit – welcomed the result.  He said: “Throughout the campaign we have sought to make a positive case for Britain to leave the EU and the passion and conviction of our campaign has been met with warmth and belief right across Wales. "This is a victory for the people of the Wales, the United Kingdom and indeed a victory for democracy itself.

“It is clear that the fault lines of Welsh politics have now changed forever, and I am extremely proud to have been involved in this campaign.

“We must pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of the many hundreds of volunteers who have given up their time in recent months, without whom this fantastic achievement wouldn’t have been possible; but we must also show humility and respect to those who fought for a different outcome.”  Conservative ex-Welsh Secretary David Jones, who led the Vote Leave campaign in Wales, said David Cameron would have to decide whether or not he should stay on as PM.

When asked by the BBC if the Prime Minister should quit, Mr Jones said: “Well, clearly he has got to decide his own future and he was the man who presided over this campaign. However, what we do need is a period of stability.”The Clwyd West MP said that “on this occasion” Mr Cameron “called it wrong”.

When asked if Mr Cameron should lead the exit negotiations with the EU, he said: “I think that he is in some difficulty given that the negotiations he completed in February clearly didn’t impress the British people.” However, he did not want a snap election. He said: “I think that that would be entirely the wrong thing and I don’t think that it’s necessary because we went into this parliament having made a manifesto pledge to have a referendum.”

The shockwaves of the result have spread across the United Kingdom.  Harry Potter author JK Rowling said: “Scotland will seek independence now. Cameron’s legacy will be breaking up two unions.“Neither needed to happen.”Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, said all of Ireland should now be able to vote on unification.

The party’s national chairman Declan Kearney said: “English votes have overturned the democratic will of Northern Ireland. This was a cross community vote in favour of remaining in the EU. “English voters are dragging Northern Ireland out of the EU. This British Government has forfeited any mandate to represent the economic or political interests of people in Northern Ireland.”

Neil Hamilton, who leads the Ukip group in the National Assembly, said he was “even a little surprised myself, as I hardly dared believe we could achieve this. Welsh Liberal Democrat leader and Ceredigion MP Mark Williams said: “I am deeply disappointed by this result, and I know that this sense of disappointment and worry will also be felt by many people throughout Wales and the UK.”

He continued: “It is absolutely vital now that the Government sets out a plan of action so that we know the options available to us to help ensure our businesses, our jobs, and our international relationships are not put at further risk in the aftermath of this decision. “Now is not the time for more Government infighting at the expense of the people of Wales. The Government must give us confidence that Wales will not lose out in our exit from the European Union.”

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