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EU referendum: Scottish leader casts ballot

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:00 GMT, Jun 23, 2016 |
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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon voted in Britain’s referendum on European Union membership on Thursday morning (June 23).

Sturgeon arrived at a polling station in Glasgow with husband Peter Murrell to cast her ballot.

The leader of Scotland’s devolved government has said if England pulled the United Kingdom out of the EU and Scotland voted to stay, there would probably be a sharp rise in support for calling a vote on Scottish independence.

Scots rejected independence by 55-45 percent in a referendum in September 2014, though the vote energised Scottish politics and support for Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP) has surged since then.

Opinion polls taken before the EU vote indicated the outcome is far too close to forecast.

Polling stations for 382 local counting areas opened at 0600 GMT and will close at 2100 GMT. Most results are expected between around 0100 and 0300 GMT on June 24.