EU referendum: Nigel Farage's 4am victory speech - the text in full

The Ukip leader all-but called the result at 4am to supporters in London. Here's what he said

Adam Withnall
Friday 24 June 2016 04:30 BST
Nigel Farage: 'Let today be our independence day'

The Ukip leader Nigel Farage addressed his supporters at 4am on Friday morning and all but declared the result as a victory for "Leave".

His speech has caused controversy among his opponents, after he declared Brexit as a revolution "without having to fight, without a single bullet being fired".

Here's his speech at the Leave.EU rally in full: "Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom.

"This, if the predictions now are right, this will be a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, a victory for decent people.

"We have fought against the multinationals, we have fought against the big merchant banks, we have fought against big politics, we have fought against lies, corruption and deceit.

"And today honesty, decency and belief in nation, I think now is going to win.

"And we will have done it without having to fight, without a single bullet being fired, we'd have done it by damned hard work on the ground."

Mr Farage praised Ukip donor Arron Banks along with Labour and Tory MPs and those of "no party" who have taken part in the Leave campaign.

He went on: "And we'll have done it not just for ourselves, we'll have done it for the whole of Europe.

"I hope this victory brings down this failed project and leads us to a Europe of sovereign nation states, trading together, being friends together, cooperating together, and let's get rid of the flag, the anthem, Brussels, and all that has gone wrong.

"Let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day."

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