Despite voting to remain, Northern Ireland must face the prospect of life outside the EU after a 52%-48% UK wide majority to leave.
The North backed remain 56% to 44%. Scotland’s 62%-38% was even more emphatic in favour of staying in the EU.
It was not enough to counter the considerable vote to leave across England and Wales.
The result has prompted David Cameron to resign as British Prime Minister.
West Tyrone voters backed remain by 66.8%, but a modest turnout of 61.69% suggests the campaign failed to inspire voters to turn out in their droves.
In Fermanagh and South Tyrone, 58.6% of voters backed remain. Turnout in the largest border constituency was 67.9%, but again it was below the UK average pf 72%.
The turnout in Mid Ulster was 61.7% with 60.4% backing remain.
The overall turnout across the North was 62.7%, massively lower than the 81% turnout for the 1998 Good Friday Agreement referendum.
Sinn Fein have already responded to the result by calling for a referendum on a united Ireland.
The provision for Member States leaving the EU lies in the Lisbon Treaty. It’s anticipated once initiated, it will take around two years to complete.
The value of the pound has already plummeted in response to the result, with uncertainty over the future procedures which may be set up along the border.
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