Northumberland votes Leave as Brexit victory is confirmed

A polling station on Holy Island.
A polling station on Holy Island.

Voters in Nothumberland have come out in support of Vote Leave.

A total of 96,699 votes to 82,022.was declared in the county shortly after the national result revealed a victory for Brexit.

Geoff Paul, counting officer for Northumberland, declared the result of the referendum in the county at Blyth Sports Centre at 6am this morning.

The turnout was 74.4%.

Councillor Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: "An estimated £108million of European investment came into Northumberland over the last nine years, helping to regenerate our towns, invest in our businesses and providing support for tourism and farmers.

“Annually £28million of funding comes in directly and indirectly which supports jobs in the county council. Services will be damaged and jobs will be lost if this Government doesn't immediately deliver a plan to replace this now lost funding.

"There is no doubt that European funding has benefited the county significantly and we now need to take stock and, along with the Government and the rest of the country, and to mitigate against adverse implications for Northumberland."

A spokeswoman for the county council said: "Northumberland is one of the largest council areas geographically in the country, which makes logistics challenging when organising elections and counts.

"Ballot boxes have to be brought from remote settlements such as Kielder, and isolated communities like Holy Island.

"For this referendum there were 224 polling stations across 219 facilities and 562 staff have been employed to run them."

52,147 people applied for a postal vote, and 91.4% of those were returned.

In Northumberland:

The total number of ballot papers counted was: 178,815

The number of votes cast in favour of REMAIN was 82,022

The number of votes cast in favour of LEAVE was 96,699

The number of ballot papers rejected was 94