Lincolnshire residents have been casting their vote in the EU Referendum, and we are bringing you the latest news and results throughout the night.
Lincoln and all Greater Lincolnshire districts vote Leave
All projections point to 52% Brexit vote nationally
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23rd June 2016 9:33pm
Welcome to The Lincolnite’s EU Referendum liveblog. We’ll be reporting results, information and analysis for you for all districts in the Greater Lincolnshire region throughout Thursday night and Friday morning.
Reporting for you is Stefan Pidluznyj, Steve Smailes, Aaron Renfree, Sarah Barker, Daniel Ionescu and Emily Norton.
23rd June 2016 9:38pm
Polling stations close at 10pm this evening, when Britain’s fate will be sealed. Ballot boxes will then be transported to each district count for verification.
Verification in Lincoln is expected to be completed by midnight. The result is due at around 2.30am.
23rd June 2016 9:42pm
Votes are counted geographically in 382 local areas.
Unlike elections, there will be no exit poll. It’s simply a matter of waiting for the results, and with only two options every votes counts!
23rd June 2016 9:48pm
The first area result is expected at 12.30am and by about 4am we should have a national picture of voter turnout.
With the larger cities’ results expected at around 5am, we should have a good idea of where things are headed. At around 7am the final result will be declared in Manchester.
23rd June 2016 9:50pm
Our reporter Stefan Pidluznyj and photographer Steve Smailes will be posting live from the Drill hall where the Lincoln votes will be counted.
23rd June 2016 9:52pm
With just 10 minutes to go until polling stations close, counters in Lincoln are preparing their stations.
23rd June 2016 9:55pm
Let’s hope the downpour won’t stop people voting in the eleventh hour!
23rd June 2016 9:56pm
5 minutes to go!
More than 63,000 people in Lincoln are registered to have their say in #EURef If you're one of them you have just five minutes left to do so
The Leave campaign had a lead at the beginning of the year
Stefan Pidluznyj, Local Democracy Reporter
23rd June 2016 10:16pm
Counters going through the postal votes before the ballots from today arrive at the Drill Hall.
23rd June 2016 10:16pm
How the count works
Although the way in which ballot papers are verified and counted is the same as at other polls, the management structure differs from that used at elections.
Instead of Returning Officers, Counting Officers (COs) are responsible for the voting process in their area. There are 382 COs for the referendum, one for each local government area in Great Britain, plus one each for Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.
Unlike at elections, Regional Counting Officers (RCOs) will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of the referendum in their electoral region, and will collate the local totals into a regional total. In addition to the Northern Ireland counting area, there are 11 electoral regions across Great Britain.
A final significant difference to elections is that the Chair of the Electoral Commission, is the Chief Counting Officer (CCO) for the referendum and responsible for certifying the outcome of the referendum.
23rd June 2016 10:16pm
£ hits its highest level against the US dollar in 26 years.
The last time the pound was at these levels was November 5, 1980, when it was $2.46,
The pound has risen to over $1.50 – the highest level since December #EUref
We’ve caught up with Labour’s Lucinda Preston, the party’s candidate for last month’s Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner elections and a Remain supporter. Watch her predictions on how the results here in Lincoln and nationally will unfold, and her thoughts on a “divisive campaign:
23rd June 2016 10:59pm
Anyone spotted a strange conspiracy that’s been doing the rounds on social media today? That using pencils risks the voting being rigged! City of Lincoln Council have been quick to put that theory to bed.
23rd June 2016 11:00pm
A 90% turnout for North Kesteven!
#EUref over 90% turnout for postal votes in North Kesteven says Returning officer Ian Fytche.
Sky News is reporting that the turnout nationwide is around 70%. Could we see the figures break records this time around?
Stefan Pidluznyj, Local Democracy Reporter
23rd June 2016 11:20pm
Right we’ve finally caught up with returning officer Angela Andrews who has very helpfully given us a quick but thorough rundown on what to expect in Lincoln and the East Midlands over the next few hours:
23rd June 2016 11:21pm
Still no official results in, but the turnout the mainland UK authorities declared so far ranging from 68% to 75%.
23rd June 2016 11:28pm
So, apparently #Dogsatpollingstations is still a thing. Have you been getting involved in this craze like United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust CEO Jan Sobieraj?
Counters hard at work with verification in Lincoln reaching completion very soon.
23rd June 2016 11:53pm
After verification, count staff can then begin to sort and count the ballot papers. Some ‘doubtful’ ballot papers will require to be adjudicated and may be rejected if the voter’s intention cannot be determined.
23rd June 2016 11:58pm
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney is making his prediction in the hope of a win for Leave, the camp he’s supported throughout the campaign.
For what it's worth & not scientific-in Lincoln (not whole Country of course) my belief: 56/57% leave v 43/44% remain#amateurpsephologist
“People have been developing quite xenophobic and racist attitudes.” Lincoln Labour’s Dave Godson gives his open and honest assessment of the EU referendum campaign, and doesn’t hold back in his criticisms:
24th June 2016 1:42am
North Lincolnshire turnout – 71.9%
Another strong turnout in the region.
24th June 2016 1:44am
While it may still be too early to call, many readers have been taking to social media to give their view on the campaigning in the lead up to the referendum and the results.
Wayne Kisby said:
“I voted out. Because I dont think we should be governed (at all really) by unelected officials who are not accountable for their actions, and also because for foreign powers (prince or heirs) should not make the laws of this land.”
On the news that there was a 69% turnout in Lincoln, Jb Oyitch said rather aggressively:
“69%? You people that didn’t even bother are pathetic.”
24th June 2016 1:45am
Across the Humber, turnout in Hull seems poor compared to Greater Lincolnshire
#EUref Turnout for #Hull 97,442 that's 54.1% (that includes postal votes) Total electorate for the city 180,230.
UKIP MEP Margot Parker told The Lincolnite via email:
“Thrilled to see the success in Lincoln and Boston for Leave.”
24th June 2016 3:55am
How the UK voted so far:
24th June 2016 4:11am
Our neighbours in Rutland have also voted to Leave. South Holland result expected soon.
24th June 2016 4:15am
Mixed reactions to Lincoln Leave result
24th June 2016 4:22am
South Holland and North Lincolnshire vote Leave
24th June 2016 4:27am
More detailed results:
Leave 73.6% – 36,423 votes
Remain 26.4% – 13,074 votes
Leave 66.3% – 58,915 votes
Remain 33.7% – 29,947 votes
24th June 2016 4:39am
Hull votes Leave
24th June 2016 4:42am
BBC & Sky forecast: UK votes to leave
at 4.40am Leave is set to have 52% of the vote as 309 of 382 authorities declare vote.
24th June 2016 4:52am
Boston MP Matt Warman reaction
“Britain has decided to gamble on Brexit – while I personally took the view that it wasn’t a risk I wanted to take, I’ve also said it was one person one vote, and a gamble that could pay off. The government now has a duty to make sure exit negotiations with Europe are as painless as possible.
“I very much respect the will of voters in our region and across the country, and we have a long road ahead of us. Changes won’t be seen overnight, but I look forward to working with colleagues from Lincolnshire and within Government to make sure that the inevitable uncertainty does not cause the predicted economic damage to people’s jobs and livelihoods.
“We do now have a chance to change immigration policies and our trading arrangements; I hope that those do result in the promised improvements that Brexit campaigners suggested – as the Prime Minister himself has said, Britain can prosper outside the EU.”
24th June 2016 4:59am
County Councillor Colin Davie reacts to Brexit projections
“It is now clear that our country has chosen hope over fear and that a new day has dawned in the history of our great country.
“We are not diminished by this decision but strengthened and we should now pull together to deliver a stronger Lincolnshire and a fairer country for all.”
24th June 2016 5:07am
Labour MEP Glenis Willmot “heartbroken” with result
Heartbroken with the EU result. Thank you to all Labour Party members who've put their heart and soul into this campaign @UKLabour
The majority of people in the East Midlands voted to leave the EU, in tune with the national picture. Only Leicester and Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire voted in favour of remain, with most results now declared and the whole country headed for Brexit.
Emma McClarkin, Conservative MEP for the East Midlands, has reacted to the result of the British EU Referendum:
“A new day has dawned for the British people. The destiny of our great country is in our hands. Britain will now be a freer, more democratic and prosperous country. Our future today is bright.
“Having campaigned for a Leave vote, I am naturally absolutely delighted that, against all the odds, the force of our arguments has cut through and resonated with a majority of the British people.
“I hope that those in the remain campaign will now accept the result as the settled will of the British people, and work positively to help ensure a swift, orderly and friendly exit from the EU for the United Kingdom.
“We must now all work in the national interest and it is now up to us as politicians to deliver the will of the British people. I look forward to helping out in any way I can in the days months and years ahead.”
24th June 2016 6:23am
A jubilant response from Conservative East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer:
It is #Brexit. As Samuel Johnson said "Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome."
David Prescott, former Labour MP candidate for Gainsborough, and son of former deputy PM John Prescott, expresses concern for the UK’s economy following the result.
“Well, we tried our best but it still wasn’t good enough.
“I’ve spent the last six months campaigning for us to stay in the EU, from running market stalls in Newark to touring the East Midlands doing debates and talking to people.
“Now our country is divided, our economy is about to go into a severe shock and we could even see the collapse of the EU and Scotland leave the UK.
“Cameron granting a referendum was never about staying in Europe. It was about remaining in Downing Street by winning over UKIP votes at the last General Election.
“But what’s vital now is that we stick together.
“We’re in the driving seat to negotiate a new deal with the EU that will hopefully work in our favour.
“Not as good as what we have, but we must try and get something similar to secure the three million jobs that are linked to our trade in Europe.
“But Labour must take the lead on this. It will take two years to engineer our divorce with the EU.
“And if a week is a long time in politics, two years is an eternity.
“So let’s set the pace in developing a framework that deals with people’s concerns.
“I’d like to see an independent Royal Commission drawing from remainers, brexiteers, other parties, unions, businesses, civic society and actively engage the general public.
“Let’s try and negotiate a program that can still give us access to the Single European Market.
“But let’s also consider a fairer, not completely free, movement of people to allay concerns about uncontrolled migration.
“And let’s bring back Labour’s Migration Impact Fund – that was axed by the Tories – to ease pressure on areas where migrants have put pressure on our services.
“The EU and its member states will do all they can to keep us on board in some shape or form. The fears of France and Germany following our lead could see us drafting a template for a new Europe that could be replicated elsewhere.
“Labour should be setting the debate and calling for a new deal and concessions that aren’t written on the back of a fag packet by Cameron but drafted by and for the people.
“Let’s move on from Brexit and go on to Fixit!
“So don’t be downhearted this morning. We’ve faced dark times before. But it’s up to us to rise to the challenge and make a new EU relationship work for us.
“I’m proud I fought to keep us in the EU. And although the public said leave, I still remain a proud European.
“Nothing will change that. And hey, look on the bright side.
“At least Farage is out of a job!”
24th June 2016 7:59am
Lincolnshire County Councillor Richard Davies is singing for joy:
Prime Minister David Cameron is addressing the country:
24th June 2016 8:25am
Prime Minister David Cameron steps down
David Cameron has announced he will resign as Prime Minister following the result of the referendum.
“The will of the British people must be respected
“I’ve always believed we have to confront big decisions, not duck them.
“I cannot be the captain to steer the ship.”
24th June 2016 9:18am
Sue Liburd MBE – A businesswoman, executive personal strategist, author and human capital consultant fears the result will leave us weakened and vulnerable.
“The EU referendum campaign has been divisive, ugly and bitter. Creating divisions at home, in schools, at work, across business and in our communities.
“I am hugely dismayed with the result and now gravely concerned about the future of our Union, our leadership in the world and our economic growth and stability.
“Although I believe in democracy and we the electorate have spoken, I do feel we have made a mistake.
“We live in an interconnected, digital and collaborative world. Our vote to exit the EU and stand alone, I fear leaves us weakened and vulnerable.
“How will we heal our divisions at home and in our communities, how will our warring politicians successfully uncouple us from our biggest trade partner and lead us through a difficult divorce, negotiating the numerous agreements necessary to trade with the world? We are entering unchartered waters and difficult times.”
MPs have submitted a motion of no confidence in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. While this does not necessarily mean any action will be taken, the motion does call for a discussion to be tabled at a meeting on Monday.
24th June 2016 12:14pm
East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer
“I welcome the UK’s – and in particular the East Midlands’ – truly remarkable and historic decision to leave the European Union.
“It seems a long time since I carefully weighed up the remain and leave arguments and decided “on balance” to vote and campaign against staying in the EU.
“There’s no doubt the outcome has come as a shock to many – not least the financial markets. It is important that we act carefully and reasonably to plan and negotiate our exit. I do not believe the “Leave” vote means we are turning our back on our European neighbours. Rather, we have chosen to take control our own destiny and reject the ever-closer union that was the EU project. “