The EU Referendum count on the Isle of Wight has now been completed and verified.
A total of 79,430 residents of the Isle of Wight placed their voting slips in the ballot boxes or took advantage of postal voting in the EU Referendum. With a voting population of 109,844 that is a 72.3% turnout.
Counting officer, Chris Mathews, has now confirmed the final results as follows:
Remain : 30,207
Leave : 49,173
Spoiled / Void / Voted for both: 50
Percentage split of votes – 62% (Leave) / 38% (Remain)
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382 counting areas in 12 regions
There are a total of 382 counting areas across the Great Britain, including one area in Gibraltar and one in Northern Ireland.
All local results will be fed to the 12 regions, before being collated and passed up to the national level.
The last declaration – which will then provide the full national picture – is not expected to be complete until around 6am on Friday morning.
According to the Electoral Commission, the rules don’t provide for a national recount “under any circumstances”.
A spokesperson for the Commission said,
“We expect local recounts to be granted if a specific issue has been identified with the process in that counting area, rather than simply when the local totals are close.”
A judicial review is the only way the national referendum result could be challenged and this must be requested within six weeks of the result.
What happens if Brexit is backed?
If voters choose to Leave the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron will trigger what’s known as ‘Article 50’. This is the formal mechanism for leaving the EU.
A two-year negotiation period would commence, but some say it would take maybe ten years for GB to separate from the EU.
We’ll be back on Friday morning to update you with the national picture.