11.31pm: The results are in and are as follows:
Brexit Party: 9981
Conservative & Unionist: 9651
Lib Dem: 4544
Change UK: 913
10.22pm: The sorting is done and the counting is about to start. We should have a result in about an hour, by midnight at the latest.
9.17pm: Just to refresh your memory, here’s how the region voted in 2014:
Conservative 14,143/Labour: 8909/SNP 8634/UKIP 5752/Green 2418/Lib Dem 1808/Britain First 481/BNP 363/NOEU 195
9.02pm: Turnout results coming in from other parts of Scotland – Edinburgh leading the way with 0ver 50%. D&G turnout is up 3% on the last EU election in 2014.
8pm: Higher than expected turnout in Dumfries and Galloway of 40.6% — 45,843 papers are to be counted tonight.
7.11 pm: The final boxes are being verified so counting will commence shortly. Representatives from all the political parties are in the room, watching and waiting.
5.32 pm: Councillors, politicians and party officials are watching as the first few boxes are opened here at The Bridge in Dumfries. The region’s declaration is expected at 10pm.
5.54pm: Vote verification is going on before the actual counting can begin.