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Published 24/06/2016 | 02:30

Ukip's Steven Woolfe alongside party leader Nigel Farage. Photo: PA
Ukip's Steven Woolfe alongside party leader Nigel Farage. Photo: PA

Suddenly, the chorus of the Remain supporters was shattered. "Yes! Yes!" gasped the Ukip MEP Steven Woolfe as the result from the Sunderland constituency was fed into Manchester town hall.

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The early narrative in the referendum campaign - that Britain was on course to vote to 'Remain' - was now turned on its head.

And as more and more constituencies followed Sunderland's lead and voted in favour of a Brexit, a heavy atmosphere hung in the main hall of the referendum headquarters.

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