Voting in EU referendum closes as region sees higher than normal turnout at polling stations

Polling Day in the Referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union. Picture: James Bass

Polling Day in the Referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Politicians have finished arguing. The final pitch for votes has been made. But could a new factor influence the result... the great British weather?

David Cameron ignored questions about the weather, saying only 'good morning' to the gathered media from across the world, as he and his wife Samantha cast their votes at Methodist Hall in Westminster.

The region has been battered by storms throughout the day, while the Met Office has issued an official weather warning for south east England and East Anglia until 6am on Friday morning.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said he believed the Out camp stood a 'very strong chance'.

Speaking outside his home in Kent after collecting newspapers, he said: 'Actually I do think we are in with a very strong chance, I do genuinely.

A voter enters the Polling Station in North Wootton. Picture: Ian Burt

A voter enters the Polling Station in North Wootton. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt


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'But it's all about turnout and those soft remainers staying at home.'

A record number of voters are eligible to take part in the referendum, with the Electoral Commission putting the number at 46,499,537.

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A Waveney District Council spokesman said polling stations across the district had been busy all day.

The spokesman added:'Polling stations are recording much higher than usual numbers.'

Teddy, a 14-week old puppy waits outside the polling station at South Wootton Village Hall. Picture:

Teddy, a 14-week old puppy waits outside the polling station at South Wootton Village Hall. Picture: Matthew Usher.

In Norfolk, Wensum Lodge polling station said they have been steady this morning and had 85 votes by 9am while around 25pc of the registered electorate at Wreningham polling station had voted before 8am.

In Great Yarmouth as a man who fell over in the rain he told people trying to help him: 'Don't take me to hospital yet, I've still got to vote!'

The man - who wasn't seriously hurt - slipped on wet grass on his way to the polling station at the Salvation Army in Tolhouse Street.

The polling station off Shelfanger Road in Diss has seen a regular stream of people since it opened. At 9am there were seven people voting.

EU polling stations across the Waveney Valley.St Benedicts Church, GuntonPHOTO: Nick Butcher

EU polling stations across the Waveney Valley.St Benedicts Church, GuntonPHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A vote leave campaigner was braving the wet weather holding a placard in the hope to persuade people to vote for Brexit.

David Young, who works at Diss museum, was one of the first there at 7am.

He said: 'I was out walking my dog and with this weather I thought why not go and vote anyway at this time.'

Polling stations will remain open until 10pm.

If you are in the queue by 10pm, you are guaranteed a vote, but the advice is to not leave it to the last minute as a high turnout is expected and you could be stuck in a queue for a while.

• You can follow the results as they come in with our live blog which will be running through the night and in our special 6am edition of tomorrow's paper

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