Cabinet Maker takes a look at the hourly timeline of the Brexit from the EU, with the most significant actions throughout the day.


Thursday 23 June

5pm UK final polls suggest Remain is ahead at 47.4% to 45.8%.

10pm Voting closed. Too tight to call.


Friday 24 June


·      Official declaration: UK votes Leave at 51.9% over 48.1% to remain. The total Leave vote resulted in 17,410,742, while Remain stood at 16,141,241.

·      UKIP leader Nigel Farage declares "independence day".

·      The pound has fallen to levels not seen since 1985. At one stage, it hit $1.3236, a fall of more than 10%. The pound stabilised in the early two hours at 1.37 against the dollar - down from 1.50. The pound is down from 1.31 to 1.23 against the euro.

·      The FTSE 100 index began the day by falling more than 8%, then regained some ground to stand 2.5% lower. The more UK-focused FTSE 250 fared even worse, down 8% in early afternoon trading.



·      David Cameron announces to resign by October.

·      In the opening minutes of trade, the FTSE 100 index fell more than 8% before regaining some ground by mid-morning.

·      Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond tells BBC Radio 5 live that Scotland’s position in the EU has been “fundamentally jeopardised” and they should have another independence referendum “within the context of “two and a half years”. 



·      Bank of England will provide £250bn for market operations.

·      Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman says "today is not the best day for united Europe".

·      Chris Grayling, the Commons leader and Leave campaigner, says the UK needs to quit the EU before the next general election in 2020.

·      Regional breakdown of votes

Region - Votes

Leave %

Remain %

West Midlands



East Midlands



North East



Yorkshire & Humber






North West



South West






South East



Northern Ireland











·      Europe stunned by UK Leave vote. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said it was not a moment for hysterical reaction. But speaking on behalf of the leaders of the other 27 EU countries, he said they were all determined to maintain their unity.

·      The Eurosceptic Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akesson has called for his country to also hold a poll.



·      Uncertainty and shock dominates in Poland. Poles working in the UK send back about £1bn a year to the Polish economy.

·      Boris Johnson says the British people have "decided to take back control" of the UK by voting to quit the European Union.

·      Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland has voted to stay in the EU and “I intend to discuss all options to do so". While also revealing that a second independence referendum is “on the table” as a "significant and material change in circumstances" had occurred.

·      Europe's leaders "regret but respect" the UK's wish to leave the EU. European Council President Donald Tusk, European Parliament President Martin Schulz, EU council President Mark Rutte and Commission Pressident Jean-Claude Juncker have issued a joint statement. They say the UK should trigger Article 50 - invoking the process of leaving - as soon as possible.



·      Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts says he is angry at the UK's decision to leave the EU.

·      Labour MPs Margaret Hodge and Ann Coffey send a letter to John Cryer MP, chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, submitting a motion of no confidence in leader Jeremy Corbyn.

·      US reacts to UK out vote - the US, Vice President Joe Biden has said "We would have preferred a different outcome."

·      In Romania, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos says he hopes the UK vote and the economic situation can be turned to his advantage. In Slovenia, Prime Minister Miro Cerar notes his country is celebrating its 25th anniversary of independence.



·      Britain's vote to leave the EU has caused widespread dismay in the European media. Many see the future of the entire EU at risk from further Eurosceptic challenges.



·      A petition calling for London Mayor Sadiq Khan to declare London an independent state is signed by thousands of people. Almost 60% of people in London backed the Remain campaign.

·      US President Barack Obama says he respects Britain's decision to leave the EU, following the result of its referendum.

·      Russian President Vladimir Putin said he did not expect Britain's exit from the EU to have any effect on sanctions that the bloc currently imposes on his country.

·      The Irish government announces contingency plans are in place following the Brexit vote.



·      Jeremy Corbyn hit back at some of the criticism aimed at him by senior figures in his own party for not campaigning more to remain in the EU. Corbyn said a motion of no confidence against him is “bizarre”.

·      Former Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond says Scotland could remain in Europe while the rest of the UK left, potentially inheriting the UK’s EU membership.



·      Shadow chancellor predicts general election soon. John McDonnell says he believes there will be a general election before the end of the year and Labour will be preparing for it.


Uncertainty remains as the Brexit news continues to unfold across the world. One fact that stands is the UK has voted to Leave the EU.