As he sensed victory, Ukip leader Nigel Farage told a wildly cheering crowd he hoped a Brexit victory would be a “victory for the whole of Europe” and result in bringing down the whole “failed project” of the EU.
At 4am, shortly before dawn, and with the results suggesting the country was on course to vote to leave the UK, Mr Farage told ecstatic supporters: “Dare to dream that dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom.”
Arms outstretched, he closed his speech to the faithful by bellowing: “Let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day!”
He told his supporters, some of them holding up Union Flags: “If the projections now are right, this will be a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, a victory for decent people.”
Mr Farage, who at the start of the night had admitted he thought Remain had “edged it”, added: “We have fought against the multinationals. We have fought against the big merchant banks. “We have fought against big politics. We have fought against lies, courrption and deceit, and today honesty, decency and belief in nation, I think now, is going to win.”