In an astonishing result, the UK has voted to leave the European Union, despite London largely voting to remain.

Results for all boroughs were announced at East London's Guildhall building, a small share of the 382 count centres which are across the country.

Barry Quirk, London Guildhall's Returning officer said around four million voters are estimated to have voted.

Across the UK, the turnout was 72% as 33.5 million people cast a vote, and Leave beating Remain by 1.2 million.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and most London boroughs were the main pockets of Remain resistance to the Brexit decision.

In order to verify each borough's results, each of the counts began with a 90 minute process, with the final results announced at around 6am.

getwestlondon will be following all the reaction from the public and key figures in west London's boroughs.

A historic day

We’re calling time here on the day when UK citizens (or most of them) voted to leave the European Union in the referendum.

That set off a chain reaction that led to the resignation of David Cameron as Prime Minister only hours later, with our very own Boris Johnson seemingly waiting in the wings to replace him at 10 Downing Street.

There is still plenty to mull over, so how about reminding yourselves what happens next in this rollercoaster of a journey of leaving the EU?

Holidays may also now be affected thanks to Brexit, and Heathrow may not even get its third runway after all, so find out why here.

Scotland... Northern Ireland... and now even London to leave UK!

You may have heard about the petition launched today demanding the EU Referendum is held all over again. I think that would send some over the edge.

But what about this one that suggests London, where many boroughs voted decisively to Remain (see below), should be separated from the rest of the UK in order to stay in the EU?

That’s the suggestion of this petition creator, who believes it is the logical step following this morning’s Brexit announcement.


Difference of opinion apparent within boroughs

Labour MP Ms Cadbury also said she believed the Remain vote was stronger in the western half of Hounslow.

The borough voted narrowly in favour of staying in the EU yesterday, and Ms Cadbury said she believed there was greater support for Remain in her constituency than in Feltham & Heston, held by her Labour colleague Seema Malhotra.

Hounslow residents voted to remain in the EU but only just, with 48.9% of voters preferring to leave - one of the highest figures in London.

See how all the west London borough voted here.

Vote 'a setback' for those who depend on public services

Hounslow MP Ruth Cadbury has warned of “devastating” economic consequences, even for more prosperous parts of the country, following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

The Brentford & Isleworth MP, who campaigned to remain, also said the referendum result had opened up “deep fractures” in society which must be healed.

“I am afraid there will be long-term economic, political and social consequences,” she said. “Those most likely to suffer will be those who have not shared in what economic recovery we have had, and also those who depend on public services.

MP Ruth Cadbury
MP Ruth Cadbury

Feltham & Heston MP Seema Malhotra, meanwhile, said she was backing under-fire Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn amid an attempt to oust him as the party’s supremo.

Labour MPs have tabled a motion of no confidence in Mr Corbyn, which if it gains enough support could trigger a new leadership election.

“Today in the Shadow Cabinet we focussed on what this election result means, concerns about the strength of our voice in the world, and our focus on the future,” said Ms Malhotra.

“I have backed Jeremy as he moves forward to lead our work in responding to Brexit. This is a massive challenge for our country and we move forward with calm, taking one step at a time.”

Ms Malhotra, who is shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said she was disappointed with the outcome of the referendum but it was now time to “move forward with unity and to ensure stability”.

“I join others in giving a strong message that Britain is still open for business, that we want to see investment grow and for all to keep doing business and trade. That’s why Labour has committed to working with the Government and Bank of England as needed,” she said.

As for the impact on her constituency, she said it could affect Heathrow Airport, “particularly with many of our short haul flights going to Europe”.

“I believe we need to work together to reduce any possible impact and keep a prosperous future,” she added.

Businesses predict 'redundancies' or 'exciting jobs abroad' as companies seek foreign investment

A west London business has spoken out about the effects of Brexit and said redundancies might have been part of companies’ contingency plans.

Aneil Balgobin, Partner and employment law solicitor at Simpson Millar who have an office in Acton said employers will have been making emergency plans for weeks and months leading up to the vote.

“The contingency plans of some businesses may well include restructuring exercises, which could also mean redundancies - not least in the financial services sector,” he said.

The partner from Solicitors firm Simpson Millar said employees who find themselves in a precarious situation should get legal advice
The partner from Solicitors firm Simpson Millar said employees who find themselves in a precarious situation should get legal advice

“But this is a time for calm while everyone takes stock.

“The worst thing employees can do is make rushed decisions which they may later regret.”

“I suspect we’ll see investment in foreign offices which could offer employees exciting new opportunities to work abroad.”

Boris Johnson pays tribute to David Cameron in first appearance since Brexit result

Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the Prime Minister after he announced he would be resigning as a result of the Brexit vote on Thursday (June 23).

Johnson had spearheaded the leave campaign and spoke from Leave HQ just after 11am to share his delight at the referendum result, calling it a ‘glorious opportunity’.


Boris booed and called a "t**t" as he makes public appearance

Key figure in the leave campaign Boris Johnson was booed by crowds as he made a public appearance after the announcement of the referendum results.

One person can be heard shouting “t**t”, whilst other jeered, causing the car to be halted for five minutes.

Others congregated at his north London home in Islington to congratulate him on the campaign’s efforts and landslide victory.

Ealing cafe brandishes a cheeky sign under croissants as UK vote to leave Union

Spotted in Ealing’s Paperback Cafe!

Conservative party members congratulate Cameron on on stepping down as Prime Minister

Conservatives in Hounslow have praised David Cameron after he decided to step down as prime minister.

The Feltham and Heston Conservative Association said: “He has been a great Prime Minister, rescuing the United Kingdom from Labour’s catastrophic financial legacy of debt.

​”​We hope that he will continue to play an active role in Great Britain’s political life.​”​

The association took no overall position on the referendum, leaving its members free to campaign as they wished.
The group’s chair Liz Mammatt, who campaigned to leave the European Union, said she was “amazed” by the outcome but was confident Britain could now “stand on its own”.
She added that she was “very surprised” by how narrowly Hounslow had voted to remain in the EU, given the large majority for Remain across much of the capital.

London Mayor says city must "focus on what unites us rather than that which divides us"

Upon hearing the news of how London voted - largely remain, bucking the trend in comparison to the rest of the country - the city’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said we must focus on what unites us.

Mr Khan, who campaigned alongside the Prime Minister to stay in the European Union, said: “I want to send a clear message to every European resident living in London - you are very welcome here.

“As a city, we are grateful for the enormous contribution you make, and that will not change as a result of this referendum.

There are nearly one million European citizens living in London today, and they bring huge benefits to our city - working hard, paying taxes, working in our public services and contributing to our civic and cultural life.
We all have a responsibility to now seek to heal the divisions that have emerged throughout this campaign - and to focus on what unites us, rather than that which divides us.”

In a full speech, the Mayor also spoke of the “dignified way David Cameron reacted to the message sent by the British people”.

He said: “I want to send a clear message to the British people and to businesses and investors around the world this morning - there is no need to panic.

“I still believe that our country is better off within the European Union, but there is no doubt that London will continue to be the successful city it is today. “Our city and our country will continue to be the best place in the world to do business. And we will continue to look outwards and trade and engage with the entire world - including the European Union.


‘It is crucial we remain part of the single market’


“Although we will be outside the EU, it is crucial that we remain part of the single market.

Leaving the single market of 500 million people - with its free-trade benefits - would be a mistake. I will be pushing the Government to ensure this is the cornerstone of the negotiations with the EU.

It is crucial that London has a voice at the table during those renegotiations, alongside Scotland and Northern Ireland.”

London Assembly: "we will strive to ensure good relations with EU neighbours"

The London Assembly has spoken up about the referendum result.

Tony Arbour, Chairman of the London Assembly said: “The country has spoken, we respect that; and the London Assembly will now work positively with the Mayor to ensure that opportunities for London are maximised and any risks for our city are well managed.

“We will strive to ensure good relations with our European neighbours.

“The role of the London Assembly does not change - we will continue to work in cross-party cooperation for the best interests of Londoners and hold the Mayor to account.”

Harrow MP and Brexit campaigner 'pleased ideals of freedom and democracy won'

The MP for Harrow East Bob Blackman has shared his delight at the referendum result.

Brexiter Mr Blackman said: “I’m pleased that the ideals of freedom and democracy ultimately won out over pessimism and fear, and if nothing else, we should be extremely proud that the turnout was so high.

“This debate has energised people across the country to get engaged and the result needs to be respected across the political spectrum.

“We must come together and work towards our common goal of steadying the economy through the transition phase and make this happen as quickly as possible.”

Boris Johnson speaks from Leave HQ

Prominent Leave campainer and Uxbridge MP Boris Johnson has paid tribute to David Cameron while speaking from Leave HQ.

He adds that nothing will change in the short term.

Brexiteer councillor's foul-mouthed tweet for Remain voters put off by rain


One pro-Leave Hounslow councillor had no time for suggestions the London downpours might have swayed the referendum outcome.
Labour councillor Theo Dennison had just one word for those who let the rain stop them casting their vote - and it wasn’t a pretty one!

At one point, with the campaigns running neck and neck, some analysts had suggested a lower turnout in the largely pro-Remain London boroughs due to Thursday’s torrential rain could prove crucial.

As it happened, there was still a healthy turnout in most parts of London, and the size of Leave’s majority meant the weather almost certainly wasn’t a decisive factor in the result.




Hounslow MP says country faces two years of uncertainty

MP for Hounslow Ruth Cadbury has said Britain now faces at least two years of uncertainty.

The Brentford and Isleworth MP campaigned for Britain to remain a member of the EU and also warned on Twitter that the result would impact jobs and businesses in the country.


READ MORE: Brexit reaction: ‘Third runway at Heathrow now much less likely’

'We've failed our children'

A business leader in Hounslow has tweeted to say Britons have “failed our children” by voting to leave the EU.
Stephen Fry, chief executive of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, retweeted a message by his teenage daughter which said: “I’m so embarrassed by the people who I put faith in to vote for me, to do the 16/17 year olds proud. Sadly stupidity won.”

Mr Fry added: “Very proud of my daughter. In this vote we have failed our children.”

A survey earlier this year by the organisation, which represents businesses across the borough, found 42% of firms in Hounslow which responded favoured Brexit, with 45% wishing to remain.

Opposition calls on Government to act on instability

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell has issued a statement urging the Government to act to counter the crashing markets in the wake of Brexit.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell . (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell . (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

The MP for Hayes and Harlington said: “People will be waking up this morning to turmoil in the markets and the pound crashing, and fearing the emergency budget the Chancellor threatened to hike their taxes and cut public services.

“The Government must now take steps to stabilise the economy, and protect jobs, pensions, and wages. Labour will not allow any instability to be paid for by the working people of this country.”

Holidays affected?

So, how will the referendum decision affect those planning holidays in Europe or who own properties there?

Watch expert comment on whether British tourists have taken benefits of EU membership for granted all these years.

Boris gives reporters the slip, for now

We’re yet to hear from Boris as he does not say a word to the sea of reporters assembled in North London.

One message was successfully communicated, though, as a chorus of boos from waiting members of the public greeted the would-be Prime Minister.

We will have to wait a while longer to hear the thoughts of the Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP on moving into 10 Downing Street.

For now, here’s a look at why Boris looks to be at the front of the queue to succeed David Cameron.

Boris Johnson's daughter Lara Johnson-Wheeler graduates at Younger Hall after completing her Latin and Comparative Literature Degree at The University of St Andrews. Pictured is MP Boris Johnson arriving at Younger Hall in St Andrews for his daughters graduation.
Boris Johnson's daughter Lara Johnson-Wheeler graduates at Younger Hall after completing her Latin and Comparative Literature Degree at The University of St Andrews. Pictured is MP Boris Johnson arriving at Younger Hall in St Andrews for his daughters graduation.

Boris delivering first speech after Cameron resignation

Emotional Cameron says he is proud to have led the country

Those on the losing side of the argument need to help to make Brexit work, says the PM, as his wife Samantha looks on forlornly.

His voice begins to break as he says he has been proud to serve the country and will do everything he can to continue to help “this great country”.

Cameron will remain in place until a new PM is chosen.

Cameron resigns

Cameron says he was clear in his belief that Britain was stronger in Europe, but the public had made a decision this was wrong.

He says he feels the country now needs fresh leadership and this is not a decision he has taken lightly.

He says he hopes a new Prime Minister will be in place by the Conservative conference in October.

Cameron speaks

David Cameron has emerged from 10 Downing Street to speak to the press.

He says the decision of the public must be respected and reassures Brits that there will be no immediate changes.

He says strong leadership is now needed.

David Cameron to resign?

Unconfirmed rumours that David Cameron may resign this morning after six years as Prime Minister.

This is despite him gaining the backing of fellow Tories this week.

Round-up of Brexit decision, as Londoners defy the national trend

A reminder of the EU Referendum result as the UK votes to leave the European Union.

Nigel Farage celebrates outside Vote Leave's party at Millbank in London
Nigel Farage celebrates outside Vote Leave's party at Millbank in London

What about those living in Europe?

Here’s some useful advice for those who own a property or live in Europe, followiong the Brexit vote

Fears for businesses as value of pound plummets

Mike Cherry, national chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has called for urgent measures to prevent instability for businesses as the pound fell against the dollar this morning.
“Smaller businesses up and down the country now need a focus on economic certainty and stability,” he said.
“In light of the result this morning there has been a shock to the market with the pound falling to its lowest level against the dollar since September 1985.

“Today we call on the government and the Bank of England to urgently put in place measures to prevent any further instability negatively impacting small businesses in the UK. Small firms need to know what this means for access to the single market as soon as possible.”

A new bank holiday?

UKIP leader Nigel Farage describes Brexit vote as a “victory for ordinary people”.

He says UK can still be neighbours and allies with Europe, but without the “useless old un-elected presidents”.

He also calls for June 23 to be a new ‘Independence Day’ bank holiday. What do you reckon?

Leave wins by more than a million votes

Leave is officially announced as the winner in Manchester.


The total number of votes was 33,577,342

Remain got 16,141,241 votes.

Leave got 17,410,742.


Voter turnout was a relatively healthy 72%.

West London results recap

A reminder of how you voted in west London, as the capital defied the national trend to vote Remain on the whole.

Hounslow REMAIN = 51.1% LEAVE = 48.9%

Hillingdon REMAIN = 43.6% LEAVE = 56.4%

Ealing REMAIN = 60.4% LEAVE = 39.6%

Harrow REMAIN = 54.6% LEAVE = 45.4%

Brent - REMAIN = 60% LEAVE = 40%

Westminster REMAIN = 69% LEAVE 31%

Kensington & Chelsea REMAIN = 68.7% LEAVE = 31.3%

Hammersmith & Fulham REMAIN = 70% LEAVE = 30%