Boris Johnson: 'History will prove that the British people got it right'
Britain is part of Europe, and always will be - but now it will extricate itself from the job-destroying coils of EU bureaucracy
This EU referendum has been the most extraordinary political event of our lifetime. Never in our history have so many people been asked to decide a big question about the nation's future. Never have so many thought so deeply, or wrestled so hard with their consciences, in an effort to come up with the right answer.
It has been a gruelling campaign in which we have seen divisions between family and friends and colleagues - sometimes entirely amicable, sometimes, alas, less so. In the end, there was a clear result.
More than 17 million people voted to leave the EU - more than have ever assented to any proposition in our democratic history. Some now cast doubt on their motives, or even on their understanding of what was at stake.