Britain awakens today, June 24th, to a future as a free, independent sovereign nation.

In a history-making referendum result, the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union by winning 51.9% (17,410,742) of the vote (at latest counting) with 48.1% (16,141,241) choosing to remain on a turnout of 71.8%.

Here in Wales we had a turnout out 71.7% with 52.5% of Welsh voters backing Leave. A special mention of Blaenau Gwent where Leave gained 62% of the vote.

UKIP would like to thank every single person who voted for this historic decision, a validation of the party’s fundamental belief that we should be no longer be part of the European political project.

As the sun rises over our country this morning, we can all rejoice in our wonderful new Independence Day.