Without a doubt this result is a shock.
I, like many others, expected a narrow victory for the remain campaign.
The decision is one for UK citizens primarily and as such, I have respect for their decision.
But this one is different.
It is different because it lays bare the disunity at the heart of their kingdom.
Make no mistake, I believe Scotland will have another referendum on independence within 18 months. I also believe this one will be carried.
As usual my primary interest is the results here in the North East of this island.
The headline is, of course, that the majority voted to remain in the EU. A democratic deficit therefore exists as far as the North is concerned.
A quick look at this BBC map is instructive, those of you familiar with the demography of the place will immediately notice a similarity with the political map of the North East.
Despite much evidence of cross party / community voting there is a certain familiar aspect to this map.
Sinn Fein have been very fast out of the traps on this one calling for a border poll before 6am this morning.
It’s going to be a very interesting Summer
UPDATE: here are all the constituency figures – as pointed out by Fitzjameshorse, I’m proud to report that North Down was the only majority unionist area to vote Remain.