Here's every significant thing that has happened since the UK voted to leave the European Union


Seven days ago the UK headed to the polls to vote on whether to leave or remain in the European Union.

With no idea what the outcome might be, the UK woke up to the news that it had voted Leave - a decision that has sparked political turmoil.

Here are the key events from each day since the vote.

Thursday June 23

Ballot boxes are emptied

1. The polls closed and the country waited to learn its fate as counting began.

2. Pro-Leave Tories including Boris Johnson and Michael Gove signed a letter to David Cameron urging him to stay on as leader whatever the result of the referendum.

Friday June 24

Nigel Farage speaks to the media

1. The pound fell after the Leave campaign takes an early lead following key wins in Sunderland, Swindon, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Kettering.

2. With more than half the results declared, Ukip leader Nigel Farage said he was "daring to dream" of victory and called for June 23 to go down in history as "Britain's independence day".

3. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed Scotland's vote to remain, saying: "The vote here makes clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union." She later announced she would "take all possible steps and explore all options to give effect to how people in Scotland voted - in other words, to secure our continuing place in the EU and in the single market in particular".

4. The Leave campaign officially passed the estimated winning post, with 16,763,272 votes cast. The final count an hour later shows Leave won 51.9% of the total vote to Remain's 48.1%.

Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate

5. The FTSE 100 fell more than 7% within minutes of opening. The pound plunged to a 31-year low.

6. The Prime Minister announced he will quit as he appeared outside 10 Downing Street, his voice cracking with emotion. Cameron said a new Conservative leader would be in place by October. Boris Johnson and Theresa May are touted as possible new leaders.

7. The first flushes of "Bregret" emerged as a petition calling for a second EU referendum proved so popular that the website crashed.

8. Senior Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge tabled a no confidence motion in party leader Jeremy Corbyn, while MPs started to call for the leader of the Opposition to quit. Corbyn insisted he would carry on "making the case for unity".

9. "What is the EU?" was revealed as the second top UK Google search on the issue, hours after the vote.

Saturday June 25

Jeremy Corbyn

1. The second EU referendum petition hit the one million mark.

2. Corbyn said he would stand again if a Labour leadership contest was held and vowed to fight for his job. He rejected calls for a second referendum.

3. The UK's European Commissioner Lord Hill announced he would be stepping down.

4. EU leaders heaped on pressure for Britain to make a speedy exit. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker insisted it is "not an amicable divorce", before adding sharply that it was never "a tight love affair anyway". German Chancellor Angela Merkel was more patient.

Sunday June 26

Hilary Benn

1. Hilary Benn was sacked as shadow foreign secretary in the middle of the night after reports he was planning to spearhead a coup against the Labour leader. It triggered a series of resignations from Corbyn's senior team. By the end of the day, 11 senior MPs had quit. Corbyn insisted he would not "betray" the Labour members who elected him in September. Union members backed the leader.

2. A Polish Social and Cultural Association in west London was scrawled with offensive graffiti - an incident Scotland Yard treated as a hate crime. It was one of a series of racist attacks since Thursday's vote which included Polish residents being targeted with hateful notes and a Muslim county councillor being told to "leave the UK".

3. Sturgeon warned she would consider asking Holyrood to block the UK's departure from Europe if MSPs are required to give formal backing for Brexit.

4. Nearly 80,000 names were removed from the EU referendum petition after they were found to be fraudulent.

Monday June 27

George Osborne

1. Chancellor George Osborne made his first intervention to calm the markets post-Brexit, insisting the UK economy is "about as strong as it could be to confront the challenge our country now faces".

2. The mass exodus of Labour MPs continued, the most high-profile being Angela Eagle. Over 24 hours, Corbyn lost 20 members from his top team and a raft of junior frontbenchers.

3. The first Cabinet meeting since the Brexit vote was held at 10 Downing Street. It emerged that a "Brexit Unit" would be set up to prepare for negotiating Britain's exit from the EU.

Theresa May

4. A poll showed Scotland would vote for independence if a snap referendum was held.

5. Dublin's Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan appealed for calm after a rush of people attempted to get Irish passports.

6. Corbyn appealed for unity at an evening London rally organised by Momentum, which claimed around 10,000 people turned out.

Tuesday June 28

David Cameron

1. Cameron bid an emotional farewell to the remaining 27 remaining EU leaders as he participated in his final Brussels summit.

2. Labour MPs overwhelmingly backed a no confidence motion in Corbyn, voting by 172 to 40.

3. As the first meeting of Corbyn's newly formed shadow cabinet kicked off, the Labour leader made a last-minute objection to it being filmed. "Seumas, I'm not sure this is a great idea," he told his top aide, Seumas Milne.

Wednesday June 29

Remain supporter

1. Cameron and Corbyn went head-to-head for a frosty Prime Minister's Questions. After being asked about child poverty and the referendum result, Cameron snapped: "For heaven's sake man, go."

2. Former Labour leader Ed Miliband added his voice to calls for Corbyn to resign, calling his position "untenable".

3. The remaining 27 EU states gave a stinging rebuff to Cameron over immigration, delivering a "crystal clear" message that if the UK wants access to the single market after Brexit, it will have to accept free movement of EU citizens.

Nicola Sturgeon

4. Pat Glass and Emma Lewell-Buck resigned from their recent shadow cabinet appointments, in a fresh blow to Corbyn.

5. More than 200 Scottish Labour politicians and members signed an open letter calling for Corbyn to stand down. Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said a leadership contest is "inevitable".

Thursday June 30

Boris Johnson

1. Theresa May, Michael Gove, Stephen Crabb, Liam Fox and Andrea Leadsom were confirmed as the official Tory leadership contenders by the chairman of the 1922 Committee, Graham Brady. Boris Johnson shocked the nation at the eleventh hour by saying he will not be running, after Gove made a last-minute U-turn announcing he will throw his hat into the ring.

2. US president Barack Obama revealed there are "longer-term concerns about global growth" after the UK's vote to leave the EU.