UK’s EU referendum: Voting begins

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:12 GMT, Jun 23, 2016 |

Polls opened on Thursday (June 23) for Britons to decide the future of their country in a vote on European Union membership, after a bitter campaign that appeared to divide the nation down the middle.

Ballot boxes were prepared and voting booths readied at a polling station in Islington, north London, as doors opened for voters across the country from 7 a.m. local time (0600GMT).

Amongst the early voters on a rainy morning in London was Joe Dennehy, who is keen for Britain to “Remain” after spending time living in Europe.

Londoner Alice Carse had the opposite view, describing the EU as having a “lack of democracy”.

Polls close at 2100 GMT. The official result is due sometime after 0600 GMT on Friday (June 24) but partial results and turnout figures from 382 counting centres will be announced from about 0100 GMT.

Under UK law, media are not allowed to publish details of any opinion polls while voting is taking place between the hours of 0700 and 2200 UK time.