The official result of Britain’s referendum on whether to leave the European Union—dubbed Brexit—isn’t expected to arrive until tomorrow morning, but just minutes after voting stations closed on Thursday, four final opinion polls indicated that “Remain” has narrowly won the day, The Independent reports.
According to MarketWatch, concerns over accuracy have stopped most British news outlets from running traditional exit polls, leaving financial firms to privately commission their own. A rallying pound on Thursday suggested that investors (who have feared market turmoil if Britain leaves the EU) liked what they heard. From Bloomberg:
U.K. voters probably chose to remain in the European Union in Thursday’s referendum, a poll for Sky News suggested minutes after balloting closed, sending the pound to its highest level this year against the dollar.
The YouGov Plc poll showed 52 percent voted to remain in the 28-nation bloc and 48 percent chose to leave. That represents a small swing for “Remain” from YouGov’s previous poll, which had a 51 percent-to-49 percent split, Joe Twyman, YouGov’s head of political research, said in an interview on Sky News.
“There has been a small change and based on that we now expect that the United Kingdom will remain a part of the European Union,” Twyman said.
“It’s been an extraordinary referendum campaign, turnout looks to be exceptionally high and looks like Remain will edge it,” Farage told SkyNews. “UKIP and I are going nowhere and the party will only continue to grow stronger in the future.”
UPDATE 7:45 P.M.: With 5 of 382 counting areas reporting, “LEAVE” VOTE ON THE RISE, MARKETS IN CHAOS, SELL, SELL, SELL!