Brexit appears to loom with Britain’s major broadcasters now forecasting victory for the leave campaign.
With more than 300 of the 382 results now declared, including seven in Sussex, BBC, Sky and ITV are all predicting an overall leave vote.
Leave currently has a 52 per cent share of the vote, with remain lagging behind on 48 per cent.
Locally, Brexit was predicted in the early hours of Friday morning by Green councillor James Doyle.
He said: “It looks like the high turnout has actually benefitted Leave; they’re getting better vote shares across the board already.
“Personally, I’m sad that the In campaign didn’t do a better job of offering an inspiring vision of how much we can achieve at the heart of Europe.”
In Sussex, Eastbourne, Hastings, Rother, Crawley, Chichester, Adur and Worthing all sided with leave, with Lewes, Mid Sussex and Horsham the only areas to support remain.
Turnouts were in excess of 70 per cent, with Horsham the highest at 82 per cent.
Brighton and Hove, Wealden and Arun are yet to declare results.
‘The dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom’, UKIP leader Nigel Farage told campaigners as he claimed an early victory for leave this morning.
Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the south east, said British people were ‘angry’ and ‘disillusioned’ with politics and had expressed it by voting to leave.
He said he would now campaign to defend ‘hard-won employment rights and environmental protections’.
He added: “Greens are calling on all sides to come together to fix British democracy - starting with electoral reform for the House of Commons and elections to the House of Lords. The democratic deficit will not be fixed by leaving the EU - we need to look closer to home now.”