Leading Leave campaigner Nigel Farage appeared to be preparing to concede defeat with counting under way in the historic referendum on UK membership of the European Union.
The Ukip leader told Sky News that the Remain camp seemed likely to “edge it”, but insisted that his party would continue its fight to take Britain out of the EU.
There were no exit polls in the vote, but a YouGov opinion poll released as polling stations closed put Remain ahead by 52 per cent to 48 per cent.
Mr Farage said: “It’s been an extraordinary referendum campaign, turnout looks to be exceptionally high and (it) looks like Remain will edge it.
“Ukip and I are going nowhere and the party will only continue to grow stronger in the future.”