Sky News now formally projecting that Britain has voted to leave the EU

We’re out.

The detail of events in a long night is in the Comments chain on our Live commentary here ,

What happens next is virgin territory.

SNP MP, Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh, has just told Adam Boulton that the SNP manifesto statement was clear.

She reiterated it: that if Scotland were to have to leave the EU because of an overall majority of that mind, where it had itself voted to say in, this would be a material change of circumstances that could [Ed: our emphasis, not Ms Ahmed Sheikh’s] trigger a demand for a second Scottish Independence Referendum.

She then said that the SNP was waiting to here from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on what she intends to do.

What is not a matter of conjecture, though, is that Northern Ireland will now find itself in uncharted territory as a non-member-to-be of the EU sharing a border with the Republic of Ireland – which remains a member of the EU and which uses the euro.

This is likely to see calls from Sin Fein for a Referendum on a united Ireland.

Will we also see a London UDI, since Scotland, Northern Ireland, London and the North West of England [whose population is greater than that of Scotland] are the only regions voting to stay in?

Will the North West and Scotland come to some composition?

This may well be shake up time at a level no one has seriously contemplated.

Another consequence of this vote is that the positions of David Cameron and George Osborne are now substantially weakened.

There is a rumour in circulation already that a statement from the PM will be forthcoming – and that a dignified resignation of both may be in the offing.

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  • All results now in.
    LEAVE: 51.9%
    REMAIN: 48.1%

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    newsroom June 24, 2016 7:13 am Reply
  • Alex Salmond asked for advice for Cameron on what to do when you lose a referendum.
    The gist of his answer was ‘resign’.
    PM to make a statemant around 8am.

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    newsroom June 24, 2016 7:16 am Reply
  • Alex Salmond has now said that a second referendum would have to be held within two years – because the strategy would be to make sure that Scotland never formally left the EU.
    PM statement due around 8am.

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    newsroom June 24, 2016 7:20 am Reply
    • Salmond’s behaving like the cat that’s got the cream.

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      Robert Wakeham June 24, 2016 2:16 pm Reply
  • It’s unbelievable isn’t it ? Salmond wants to break away from a successful Union that had been in existence for 300 years i.e. the UK – but now desperately wants to belong to a union with foreigners who don’t speak our language and are not even anywhere near our borders. ‘ Heid case’

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    Malcolm Kirk June 24, 2016 7:34 am Reply
    • And an EU which looks as if it might break up itself. The referendum has shown that there is a lot of discontent inside the EU and not just on the extreme Right. .

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      Lundavra June 24, 2016 9:00 am Reply
  • Scotland is united in remaining with the EU alongside Northern Ireland.

    Kirk the People of Scotland are sovereign. Pack your bags and head off to Farage land. How sad for the 48% of English folk who didn’t want this.

    SNP, Greens, Scottish Labour and Scottish Liberal Dems unite for the People of Scotland.

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    No Cheese Here June 24, 2016 7:48 am Reply
    • I would guess that my family have probably lived in Scotland longer than yours – check out the name ! I remember not feeling the slightest bit sad for the 45% who voted for independence in the SNP referendum.

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      Malcolm Kirk June 24, 2016 8:10 am Reply
      • Not much point trying to talk sense to a blatant racist.

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        Robert Wakeham June 24, 2016 10:14 am Reply
  • Indy2 is clearly inevitable and anyone looking at it rationally has to acknowledge the SNP are wise to do it. Independence is their ultimate aim and last night’s vote leaves it wide open for them. In 2014 it was a marginal defeat, last night was an overwhelming endorsement of EU membership within Scotland; that and the the prospect of a the Tories moving further to the right when Cameron is replaced, will, in my opinion, be more than enough to swing the vote to a Yes.

    Given that it would be nuts if the SNP dragged their heels until after the two year window beyond article 50 being invoked

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    Integrity? June 24, 2016 8:52 am Reply
    • Surely most of last nights votes here were the result of Sturgeons instructions to the troops. However, be that as it may, one thing I know for sure is that Robert won’t be voting for Boris as the next PM ! !

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      Malcolm Kirk June 24, 2016 10:07 am Reply
    • Not so sure Integrity. I would agree we now have a ‘material change’ and the SNP would be within their rights to call indy2. I’m not convinced it would necessarily be wise to do so though, if we are talking about what is in Scotland’s best interest.

      Hopefully the SNP will wait for a good few months until we find out how it all shakes down throughout Europe. If it becomes clear the EU will indeed fall and is no longer an option, would it really be in Scotland’s best interest to separate from the fifth biggest economy in the world and go entirely on it’s own. At a time when 28 other ex-EU countries are going the same way.

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      John M June 24, 2016 10:14 am Reply
      • Hi John

        Just for clarity when I said ‘wise’ I meant from an SNP perspective rather than necessarily what is best for Scotland.

        They have won a watch in terms of being able to take advantage of circumstances to further their objectives. There are very few politicians of any party who turn down a gift horse of this scale.

        Ironically Cameron’s foolhardy confidence in a remain vote back when he agreed time the EU referendum may be the thing that splits the UK up.

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        Integrity? June 24, 2016 12:22 pm Reply

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