Nigel Farage: It looks like Remain 'has edged it'

Posted On: 
23rd June 2016

Nigel Farage effectively admitted defeat in the EU referendum tonight - as a new poll predicted that the Leave campaign will lose by 52% to 48%.

Nigel Farage after casting his vote this morning
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The Ukip leader's surprise concession came as polls closed in the crunch vote.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Farage said: "It's been an extraordinary referendum campaign, turnout looks to be exceptionally high and looks like Remain will edge it.

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"UKIP and I are going nowhere and the party will only continue to grow stronger in the future."

At the same time, YouGov published a poll predicting that Remain will win the referendum by four points. 

The pollsters asked 5000 voters they had previously surveyed if they had changed their mind before casting their ballot.

From that, they forecast that Remain will end up on 52%, with Leave on 48%.

Joe Twyman, YouGov's head of political and social research, said: "The survey found a small move to Remain and based on these results we expect the United Kingdom to continue as a member of the European Union."

"The results are close and it too early to call it definitively. But these results, along with the recent trends and historical precedent, suggest a Remain victory is the more likely outcome.”

Meanwhile, turnout was said to be high across the country, seen as a further sign that Remain are on course for victory.

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