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Summary

  1. The UK has voted to leave the European Union after 43 years
  2. David Cameron announces he will resign as prime minister
  3. Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%
  4. East of England votes to Leave by nearly 57% to 43%
  5. Every district in Suffolk and Essex votes Leave
  6. In eastern half of the region, only Cambridge, South Cambs and Norwich vote Remain
  7. In reaction to the news, the value of the pound fell to its lowest level since 1985

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By Jack Warren

All times stated are UK

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Our EU referendum coverage across the day

Many thanks for joining us today for our special live page reflecting the EU referendum and the subsequent decision by David Cameron to step down as prime minister.

We've brought you reaction from our MPs and MEPs, a breakdown of how each county voted, plus the thoughts of businesses from across the region.

have a good weekend - Local Live will be back at 08:00 on Monday.

'England can stand on it's own'

The south Norfolk town of Thetford has grown over decades, starting as a London overspill.

It now has a diverse population, with many residents from Europe.

So we sent Mariam Issimdar to find out what people think of Britain leaving the EU.  

How will travel be affected?

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A visa system? Queues at airports? What will a Brexit mean for travel?

John Lombari, from Abbot Travel in Royston, believes it could result in a visa system to get into the rest of Europe and "we'll certainly see queues at airports".

Airplane in the sky
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He said the move is unlikely to make any difference to people who have booked all-inclusive accommodation for this summer and have already paid for the holiday.

But, he added, "people that haven't already pre-paid for their food, when they go in to the restaurant, when they go out on their tours, their pound is not going to be as strong so therefore they'll be paying more for exactly the same".

However, Mr Lombari added, a Brexit will "open doors to other destinations" - such as Florida - which may benefit from last night's decision.

EU Reaction: People in Diss Express area have their say on result

Diss Express

It is one of the biggest political decisions the United Kingdom will ever make — the voters have spoken, and those who backed Leave are victorious.

Boris Johnson standing by a microphone and holding his glasses
Diss Express

Businesses want 'swift, decisive and coordinated' action

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, said the next few weeks will be crucial after the vote to leave the EU.

He said: "Some business people will be pleased with the result, and others resigned to it. Yet all companies will expect swift, decisive, and coordinated action from the government and the Bank of England to stabilise markets if trading conditions or the availability of capital change dramatically."

Former prime minister pays tribute to David Cameron

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major, says he's "very, very sad that David Cameron has decided he has go to", praising his premiership and the strong economy legacy that he's left the country.

Sir John Major
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Sir John, who represented the constituency of Huntingdonshire constituency, said he thought the prime minister had "made the right decision... he had no choice."

Part of David Cameron's legacy is that he put in place an economy and the right people to deal with the turbulence that's bound to live ahead of us. He will be very much missed."

Sir John MajorFormer Prime Minister

'A different kind of politics'

Norwich businesswoman Debbie Waring says we've seen a different kind of politics at this Referendum.

Ms Waring, a director of Warings Furniture, said: "We look into things ourselves; we research, talk to each other, share information, and then work out what we want.... the world has changed and that's the wake-up call."  

Exterior view of Warings Furniture on Cattle Market Street in Norwich
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The politicians unfortunately have got themselves into a position where they believed that they tell us what to do... and I don't think that's they way of the world anymore."

Debbie Waring

Cambridgeshire residents express their views

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

There was a lot of emotion among listeners to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this morning, as residents up and down the county aired their views.

Quotes from Cambridgeshire residents
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Leave campaigner: 'I was called a racist'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

MP for Castle Point, Rebecca Harris, has told BBC Essex how she was called a racist whilst campaigning for Vote Leave.

"Someone told me I was a racist for wanting to leave the European Union which obviously was absolutely, totally false and unfair.

"After a few days tensions will calm down ... we've got our country back and we've got a bright future."

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Pete Reeve: PM was 'absolutely right to go'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

UKIP's county councillor for Ramsey, Pete Reeve, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that he thinks David Cameron was right to stand down.

UKIP County Councillor Pete Reeve
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"The vote that happened to leave the European Union was based on his negotiation of changing it. It's the package he came back with that the people have rejected. I think Cameron is absolutely right to go," he said.

"I think the stability he's looking for is in his own party. There's every danger that him hanging around doesn't give us the stability, it destabilises the country."

How Norwich was alone in voting remain in Norfolk

Alex Dunlop

BBC Look East

With its university and research park, Norwich is a city with strong European links.

Whilst nearly six out of 10 residents across Norfolk voted to leave the EU, Norwich was the only one of 28 councils across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex to vote to remain.

BBC Look East's Alex Dunlop went out to find out why.  

'Labour is out of touch with its supporters'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

If any party is out of touch with its supporters in the region, it is Labour.

Norwich and Cambridge did vote Remain but in other traditional Labour strongholds, like Harlow, Basildon, Ipswich, Peterborough, Northampton and Great Yarmouth (which recorded the fifth highest Leave vote in the country), the party's supporters backed Brexit in large numbers.

With another election looming, Labour will need to make it a priority to reconnect with its supporters in the East.

Those who won this referendum will be expected to tackle immigration and restore trust in politics - quickly. 

'There was a lot of anger' among voters

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

You only had to spend  few days on the campaign trail or go along to some of the well-attended public meetings to see that deep down there was a lot of anger.

Anger about immigration and the pressures which people believe it puts on public services.

And anger with politicians. Too often I head people complain that "politicians don't understand us and they don't keep their word." 

There appears to have been a complete breakdown of trust in, and respect for, the political establishment.  

And every time it issued another warning about the dangers of leaving the EU, it seemed to embolden a few more people to decide to vote to leave.

A clear message from the east: 'We want out'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The warnings could not have been greater... 300,000 jobs at risk in the East of England, the loss of millions of pounds of new investment, damage to the region's status as a world leader in science and research.  

But despite all this, the East sent a very clear message:  "We've had enough of the EU, we want out."

The shock among Remain campaigners in the region is palpable. They knew we were Euro-sceptic, they were expecting a strong showing for Leave. But they thought more than four areas in the east would back Remain and they didn't see the national result coming.

Ipswich reacts to decision to leave EU
Opinion on the vote to leave the EU is still split on the streets of Ipswich, the BBC finds.

Fenland leads leave vote in Cambridgeshire

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The BBC's Robert Hall has been spending some time in Wisbech today where 71.4% of Fenland voters backed the Leave campaign.

About a third of the population of the market town are Eastern European.

"They’re worried about their jobs and they’re worries about their future status," said our reporter.

Robert Hall in Wisbech
BBC

Conservative MEP - and Remain campaigner - signs off for the weekend

'Brexit chancellor needed,' says East of England UKIP MEP

How the vote broke down, county by county

Here's another look at how Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk voted. If you missed the Essex details earlier, take a scroll down the page:

Cambridgeshire EU vote: 50.5% leave, 49.5% remain
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Norfolk EU vote: 58.4% leave, 41.6% remain
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Suffolk EU vote: 57.2% leave, 42.8% remain
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'I'm absolutely elated - and I haven't been to bed yet!'

Richard Haugh

BBC News

There were mixed reactions to the Brexit vote among people in Ipswich today.

Like all other districts in Suffolk, the town voted to leave the EU.

While some were happy and proud, others were worried and anxious.

EU Referendum: MEP's weekly schedule looks very different

Every week, we receive an email from Conservative MEP Vicky Ford, which notifies us of her week ahead, listing her schedules, Parliamentary meetings and briefings. 

The latest email to drop into our inbox is rather different from the previous ones.

"Scheduled meetings of the Parliamentary Committees have been cancelled for Monday following the Referendum debate.  Mrs Ford will be in London meeting colleagues," it says.

"On Tuesday there will be an extraordinary plenary session of the full European parliament to debate the UK referendum," it adds., 

'Important to pause and reflect'

On a day when the pound hit a 30-year low, the Conservative MP for Mid-Norfolk tweeted:

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Damon Albarn speaks backstage at Glastonbury

Mark Savage

Music reporter

We caught up with Damon Albarn after his performance with the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, which opened proceedings on the Pyramid Stage this morning.

"That was supposed to be the big news today – that we’d managed to get 50 fantastic musicians out of Damascus and come and play Glastonbury," he said.

Instead, the set was overshadowed - for Albarn at least - by the vote to Leave the EU.

"I am really sad. I rang my daughter this morning and said: 'I am really sorry this has happened,' because the consequences of it are more for her generation than anyone.

"It feels like a reaction against the status quo in Westminster, and I understand that," he added, "but there are seeds being sown today that are really dangerous, and that’s what I’m so upset about. We don’t want Europe returning to the 1930s."

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'Take stock and pull together' says Bury businessman

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

The man who brought Haagen-Dazs ice cream to the UK and who now chairs Bury-based Portcullis Group, says the country needs to take stock after Brexit. 

Haagen-Dazs shop
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Tim Meadows-Smith said: "I am shocked but I am an optimistic person. We need to pull together and make it work as quickly as possible. 

"Only then can we start to rebuild confidence and start to drive the economy again."

Pictures: College Green in Westminster

BBC East political correspondent Andrew Sinclair has tweeted:

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Picture: Broken Leave sign in South Cambs

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

South Cambridgeshire was one of only four areas in the East where Remain came out on top, polling more than 60% in the district.

It looks like this Leave sign at Harston, near Cambridge, may have been vandalised overnight, however.

Vandalised Leave sign
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EU vote 'will allow us to control our own destiny', MP says

Conservative MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe, he was looking forward "to us taking back control over our own destiny" following the Brexit vote.

Stephen Metcalfe
Conservative Party

"There will be many hurdles to overcome over the coming months, but as I have always said I am confident we can meet any challenges that come our way and that the UK has a bright future outside the EU," the pro-leave politician said.

He added that he thought David Cameron "could have led the negotiations around the exit" but respected his decision to resign.

Sir Henry urges rejection of East Anglian mayor plans

As well as reflecting on the Referendum result and David Cameron's resignation, North West Norfolk Tory MP Sir Henry Bellingham spoke about proposals for elected mayors in East Anglia.

“In the light of the Referendum result and the prime minister’s decision to resign in the autumn, these proposals should now be withdrawn," he said.

"However, if they are not, I would urge all of Norfolk’s councils to reject them in forthcoming full council meetings.”

Sir Henry 'greatly respects' Cameron's decision to resign

Sir Henry Bellingham also said he "very much regretted" David Cameron's decision to stand down as prime minister.

He said if Mr Cameron had remained in position, there could have been "an orderly leadership election in about two years' time".

He added: "However, I greatly respect his decision and I think he can take great pride in his many achievements."

David Cameron
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North West Norfolk MP 'delighted' with Brexit vote

Conservative MP for North West Norfolk, Sir Henry Bellingham, said as a "passionate Leave supporter" he was "delighted" with the result of the Referendum.

Sir Henry Bellingham
Conservative Party

He said 66.4% of voters in King's Lynn and West Norfolk opting for Brexit was "an overwhelming result".

He said: "I do believe that this can be the start of a new and really exciting chapter for Britain as we will be able to regain control of our sovereignty, control of our fisheries and control of our borders."

Thomas Cook suspends online travel money sales

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Peterborough-based Thomas Cook has suspended its online currency sales after a surge in demand overnight.

Thomas Cook shop
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A rush in holidaymakers trying to protect themselves against the fall in Sterling led to queues snaking outside the doors at some of its outlets this morning.

We apologise to all customers affected. Our immediate priority is to ensure that we have enough currency in store to fulfill outstanding orders. We hope to be back up and running as soon as possible.

Thomas Cook

'Leave' MP's message to 'Remain' voters

South Norfolk's Richard Bacon was one of two Conservative MPs in Norfolk to back the Leave campaign - the other being North West Norfolk's Sir Henry Bellingham.

Mr Bacon told BBC Look East it was important to take account of the electorate who voted for Remain, and may have concerns the economy would shrink and jobs might go. 

The way to make sure that we get a satisfactory outcome is for our partners and allies in Europe to be very clear that we're still open for business..."

Richard Bacon MPConservstive, South Norfolk
Richard Bacon with shrubbery behind him
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Pro-Brexit MEP 'no longer a rebel'

The thoughts of Conservative MEP for East of England, David Campbell Bannerman:

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Brexit result will slow growth until environment stabilises, says Bury businessman

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Suffolk businessman Tim Meadows-Smith, chairman of the Bury St Edmunds-based business services firm Portcullis Group, says uncertainty after the Referendum result will put growth on hold.

Tim Meadows-Smith
Tim Meadows-Smith

He said: "In the run up to the Referendum, we found that the economy started to lose confidence, and opportunities for growth started to be postponed.

"Yesterday I was planning for July to be the biggest month of the year, as a lot of decisions had been postponed, but now that uncertainty is going to continue. 

"While we're continuing to pick up work, it will now be at a much slower rate until we get to a more stable environment."

'A deeply disappointing and upsetting outcome', says university vice-chancellor

David Richardson, vice-chancellor of the University of East Anglia, has said the Referendum result was "not what I hoped for and not what we at the UEA campaigned for".

In a statement to staff and students, he said: "For many in our university community the decision to leave the European Union will be a deeply disappointing and upsetting outcome... the people of the UK have made their views known and now we need to consider the implications.

The University of East Anglia campus
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"Our main concern at this time should be for those staff and students who are worried by the outcome of the referendum. I would like to reassure all of our staff and students from the family of EU nations that you are hugely valued and I will ensure that UEA remains a welcoming and supportive place to study and work."

MEP wishes more citizens felt 'proud to be both British and European'

The Labour MEP Richard Howitt has this message to his constituents following the EU Referendum: 

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Voters ignore advice of big business

Richard Bond

BBC Look East business correspondent

Voters in the East of England have pretty much ignored the advice of big business and voted for Brexit. A string of companies, including AstraZeneca, Stansted Airport and Perkins Engines, said they were in favour of Remain. They are now making more conciliatory, “business-as-usual” noises.

Stansted Airport
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Many small and medium-sized firms, which form the vast majority of the business community in the East, have welcomed the vote.

But we will have to see whether in the years and months ahead, any of the large companies alter their investment plans, if they feel their access to the single market is restricted.

Three districts in East among top five for leave votes

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Three of the five districts with the highest percentage of people voting to leave the European Union are in the East of England, figures show.

Graphic showing top five leave districts
BBC

In Castle Point, Essex, 72.7% of the electorate voted to leave, while in Thurrock the figure was 72.3%.

In Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 71.5% of voters chose Leave.

You can find full results here.

Minister's discussions with Homes and Communities Agency

Great Yarmouth's Conservative MP, Brandon Lewis, who's Minister of State for Housing, says it's vital that work continues to deliver housing:

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A child crying over the EU

Will Chalk

Newsbeat reporter

Newsbeat's guide to taking Brexit in your stride, even if it's not what you voted.

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