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Nigel Farage has said Remain has won the EU referendum REUTERS/Toby Melville

Nigel Farage has conceded that the Remain camp may have won the EU referendum. The Ukip leader - part of the campaign to leave the European Union - said turnout was "exceptionally high" and admitted it looked like the UK would remain in the EU.

"It's been an extraordinary referendum campaign, turnout looks to be exceptionally high and looks like Remain will edge it. Ukip and I are going nowhere and the party will only continue to grow stronger in the future."

Speaking on Sky News, live from the Remain party in central London, former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown said Farage was "probably hedging his bets".

The Ukip leader's comments came before a single polling station confirmed its results and as a new YouGov poll released at 10pm gave Remain a 4-point lead: Remain 52% Leave 48%.

Earlier in the evening a commuter on the London Underground claimed Boris Johnson had also conceded defeat:

Meanwhile, counting is well underway at the 382 local centres across the country with Sunderland expected to be the first to announce their results at 00.30am.


Speaking later, Nigel Farage has vowed to fight on if Remain wins the EU referendum. Speaking in central London, the Ukip leader praised Leave supporters for "defying party political leaders, the establishment, the elite and the big boys". He added "maybe just under half, maybe just over half of the country" has voted to leave the European Union.