Britain goes to polls in EU referendum
June 23, London: The United Kingdon is set to go to the polls on Thursday in a historic referendum on whether the country should remain a member of the European Union or leave.
Millions of Britons will head to the polling stations which are open between 07:00 BST and 22:00 BST.
An estimated 46.5 million 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, reports said.
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.
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, BBC reports.
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.
According to the Electoral Commission estimation, a final result "around breakfast time" on Friday.
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