Polling closed in Britain's bitterly fought referendum on whether to quit the European Union on Thursday, with a prominent Leave campaigner saying he expected to lose. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Polling closed in Britain's bitterly fought referendum on whether to quit the European Union Thursday, with a prominent Leave campaigner saying he expected to lose and an early survey suggesting voters had chosen to remain in the bloc. The survey by pollster YouGov showed Remain ahead by a margin of 52 to 48 percent. Unlike a classic exit poll, it was based on online responses by a pre-selected sample of people rather than a survey of voters as they left polling stations. Nigel Farage, the head of the UK Independence Party and a leading voice in favour of leaving the EU, told Sky News he did not expect to be on the winning side. "Turnout looks to be exceptionally high and looks like Remain will edge it," he said according to the broadcaster. Sterling rose on the Farage comments and the poll. The four-month campaign has sharply polarised the nation and the final outcome of the vote could change the face of Europe. If Britain becomes the first state to leave the EU, the so-called Brexit would be the biggest blow to the 28-nation bloc since its foundation.