Havering Council in east London has become the first publicly elected body in the UK to back leaving the European Union.
An alliance of Ukip, Conservative and independent councillors voted by 30 to 15 in favour of a motion declaring the UK would be better off outside the EU.
The UKIP group leader on the council Lawrence Webb described it a “fantastic result”.
Councillor Graham Williamson (pictured) of the Independent Residents Group (one of three IRG councillors who voted for the motion) said he hoped other councils would now stage similar votes ahead of the Government’s forthcoming referendum on Britain’s EU membership.
The sole Labour member, Keith Darvill, said it had been “wrong” to hold the vote.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage offered his congratulations to Havering councillors on their decision.
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