Time: 8:24 a.m. CEST
The United Kingdom citizens are going to the polls for a referendum for remaining or leaving the European Union. Polling stations are open 07:00 BST and 22:00 BST for an estimated 46,499,537 people who can vote. The number of voters represents a record number for a UK poll. As BBC News reports, this is “the third nationwide referendum in the UK history and comes after a four-month battle for votes between the “leave” and “remain” campaigns. BBC informs that as other broadcasters is limited in offering information while the polls are open, but the as soon as the polls will close on Thursday evening, the public broadcaster will start to publish results.
About 50 million voters will choose their preference responding to the question on Brexit referendum: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” The winner will be the side, which will get more than half of all votes.
The referendum polls close at 22:00 BST, when the sealed ballot boxes will be collected and transported to the count venue for each of the 382 local counting areas. BBC News further explains that, “Depending on how close the poll is, the result may become clear before the Chief Counting Officer officially declares the final result, who will be based at Manchester Town Hall. The Electoral Commission could announce the results on Friday morning.
The European Union member states have a right to “withdrawal” from the EU under the article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, which gives the right on any member state to decide to leave the Union in accordance with its constitutional requirements.
Related links: CNN: Timeline Britain and EU