London: In a historic referendum on whether Britain should remain a part of the European Union (EU) or leave, the country started voting for polls on Thursday.
According to British Broad Casting (BBC) reports, the polling stations will open from 7 am till 10 am.
It is amazing to notice that near about 46,499,537 people are expected to cast their vote in this historic voting.
This is only the third nationwide referendum in the country’s history that comes after a four months of battle for vote between “Leave and Remain” campaigns.
There is a question on ballot papers asking whether: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”
In the voting whichever side will get more votes that will be considered as winner.
After the voting gets over, the sealed ballot boxes will be collected and transported to the local 382 counting areas.
These stand for all 380 local government areas in England, Scotland and Wales, plus one each from Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.
From each vote counting area the results will be declared throughout the night, along with the regional results from 11 regional counts.
The Chief Counting Officer, who will be a Manchester Town Hall will then declare the final results at national level.
At around breakfast time on Friday, the Electoral Commission estimates final results.
The Britain joined the European Union in the years 1973.
During the year 1975, a referendum was held on Britain’s membership of the European Economic Community (EEC), later it was named as EU.
The then EEC members have approved the referendum results in favor of Britain by 67 percent to continue as member.
‘Britain Stronger in Europe’, chaired by businessman Stuart Rose is the main group campaigning for Britain to remain in the EU, and ‘Vote Leave’, chaired by Labour MP Gisela Stuart, is the main group campaigning for the country to leave.