EU RESULTS: Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre all vote OUT on historic night

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage speaking in London where he appeared to claim victory for the Leave campaign

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage speaking in London where he appeared to claim victory for the Leave campaign

Voters on the Fylde coast have voted OUT in the big EU referendum on a night of landslide victories across the region.

Each council area - Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre - all declared those eligible to vote had backed calls for a Brexit.

Blackpool saw the biggest victory for Leave campaigners with more than two in three voters choosing to back separation from the EU.

Peter Greenhalgh, agent for the Leave Campaign in the town, said: “The result is not really a surprise.

“I think for most people it was down to concerns about immigration and people have not believed the scare tactics of the Remain campaign.”

BLACKPOOL

IN - 21,781 (32%)

OUT - 45,146 (68%)

Turn-out: 67 per cent

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FYLDE

IN - 19,889 (43%)

OUT - 26,317 (57%)

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Turn-out: 75.57 per cent

WYRE

IN - 22,816 (36%)

OUT - 40,163 (64%)

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Turn-out: 74.6 per cent.

ELSEWHERE IN LANCASHIRE

Blackburn - Leave 56.3% / Remain 43.7%

Burnley - Leave 66.6% / Remain 33.4%

Chorley - Leave 56.8% / Remain 43.2%

Hyndburn - Leave 66.2% / Remain 33.8%

Lancaster - Leave 51.1% / Remain 48.9%

Pendle - Leave 63.2% / Remain 36.8%

Preston - Leave 53.27% / Remain 46.65%

Ribble Valley - Leave 56.4% / 43.6%

Rossendale - Leave 60.7%/ Remain 39.3%

South Ribble - Leave 58.6% / Remain 41.4%

West Lancashire - Leave 55.3% / Remain 44.7%

Turnout in the EU referendum fell narrowly short of the UK record for the total number of people voting.

The Electoral Commission said 72.2% of those registered cast eligible votes - some 33,568,184.

That is just short of the 33,614,074 who decided the 1992 general election.

The highest post-war turnout was 83.9% in the 1950 general election, but a smaller population meant that was only 28,771,124 votes.

In the 1975 referendum on British membership of the then European Economic Community, 25,903,194 people voted - 64.6% of those eligible.

Nigel Farage hailed a victory for Leave in the historic EU referendum, declaring “let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day”.

He said Britain has freed itself from Brussels “without a shot being fired” - a comment he was instantly criticised for following the killing of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox last week.