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Britons going to the polls for a historic referendum; results by Friday breakfast

Thursday, June 23rd 2016 - 07:35 UTC
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It is only the third nationwide referendum in UK history and comes after a four-month battle for votes between the Leave and Remain campaigns. It is only the third nationwide referendum in UK history and comes after a four-month battle for votes between the Leave and Remain campaigns.
The referendum ballot paper asks the following question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” The referendum ballot paper asks the following question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”
Whichever side gets more than half of all votes cast is considered to have won. Whichever side gets more than half of all votes cast is considered to have won.

UK is set to go to the polls in a historic referendum on whether the country should remain a member of the European Union or leave. Polling stations are open between 07:00 BST and 22:00 BST. An estimated 46,499,537 people are entitled to take part in the vote - a record number for a UK poll.

 It is only the third nationwide referendum in UK history and comes after a four-month battle for votes between the Leave and Remain campaigns.

The referendum ballot paper asks the following question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” Whichever side gets more than half of all votes cast is considered to have won.

The weather forecast for polling day is mixed, with thundery showers in the south-east of England, which could dry up later in the day. Sunshine and heavy showers are forecast for Northern Ireland and Scotland but it is set to be drier and brighter elsewhere.

After the referendum polls close at 22:00 BST, sealed ballot boxes will be collected and transported to the count venue for each of the 382 local counting areas.

These represent all 380 local government area in England, Scotland and Wales, plus one each for Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

Individual areas' results will then be declared throughout the night, along with regional results from 11 regional counts.

Depending on how close the poll is, the result may become clear before the final national result is officially declared by the Chief Counting Officer, who will be based at Manchester Town Hall.

The Electoral Commission estimates a final result “around breakfast time” on Friday.

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  • ElaineB

    Voted - duty to future generations done.

    Interestingly the Polling Station was very busy. I drove by two other Polling Stations and they were very busy too. One had a guy directing traffic. Never seen them so busy. Not sure what that signify for the result but it is good to see so many people taking part.

    Jun 23rd, 2016 - 12:00 pm 0
  • golfcronie

    So have I am voted leave, am hoping that my offspring will not have to support the excesses of the Eurocrats. I would support remain if they came clean and published an audit to say where all the money has gone. Do you kn ow the EU fines us 150,000,000 euros a year because we do not fly the European flag? France snubs their finger to the Eu as regards the common agricultural policy.

    Jun 23rd, 2016 - 11:31 pm 0
  • chronic

    Well done!

    Jun 24th, 2016 - 04:36 am 0
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