Caerphilly County Borough has voted to leave the European Union in a decisive and clear vote.
The vote to leave was 53,295 (57.6%) compared to 39,178 (42.4%) to remain – difference of 14,117. Turnout was 70.7%.
At the time of publication, there was still a long way to go until the overall result was declared with the combined total votes nationally from each side determining the outcome.
UKIP Caerphilly’s branch chairman Sam Gould, from the Leave campaign, was visibly emotional after the result was announced, with Leave members cheering when Returning Officer Chris Burns was making his announcement at Caerphilly Leisure Centre.
Mr Gould: “This means that we have fought here in Caerphilly for freedom and democracy and the opportunity to elect those governing over us, rather than unelected EU commissioners and bureaucrats from Brussels.
“This is the biggest political triumph I have been involved with – it is amazing. We have had three massive results. The first was the General Election last year with a massive swing to UKIP and coming second. In the Welsh Assembly election we took votes off Labour and Plaid Cymru, and now this. When will it stop?
“Will we see a UKIP councillor next year? UKIP has the momentum and UKIP in Caerphilly i going from strength-to-strength. This has been shown by this strong and decisive vote here tonight.”
Caerphilly AM Hefin David, a member of the Remain campaign, said whatever the result nationally, there needed to be plan on what happens next – and in Wales, that plan had to be Welsh-led.
He said: “People had concerns and it is certainly the case that the message of Wales getting less money by leaving the EU didn’t get through, or people felt it wasn’t as important as other issues, like border control.”