UK troops to polls for historic
referendum on EU membership

June 23 2016 5:11 PM

Prime Minister David Cameron (File image from www.gov.uk)
British Prime Minister David Cameron (File image from www.gov.uk)

Some 46.5 million voters of the United Kingdom — comprising of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar — trooped to the polls on Thursday, June 23, for a historic referendum to decide whether the UK should remain or leave the European Union (EU).

For months, voters have pondered on the question “should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

Some citizens have pushed for “Brexit,” a term used in the UK to leave EU. But British politicians are divided between supporting “Brexit” or not.

Politicians were trying to convince undecided voters to join their side, with Boris Johnson, member of Parliament and former London mayor, leading the campaign to “leave” EU and British Prime Minister David Cameron leading the “remain” side.

Cameron urged Britons to vote “remain” arguing that voting “leave” would make “Britain a permanently poorer country in every sense” and would only reduce its global influence, CNN report said.

Johnson said that voters should “take back control of this great country’s destiny and believe in ourselves, and in what Britain can do.”

UK has been part of the union since 1973 when it joined the then called European Economic Community (EEC).

According to the official website of EU, it now has 28 countries as members and five other candidates.

The results of the referendum are expected to be known on Friday, June 24. MC

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