Written by Staff Writer
23 Jun, 2016 | 7:30 am
It is decision day today on whether Britain will remain a member of the European Union or leave where Britain is set to go to the polls in an historic referendum on whether the country should remain a member of the European Union or leave.
46,499,537 people are entitled to take part in the vote, which is a record number for a UK poll.
Nerves are frayed on both sides of the EU referendum campaign, with neither side confident of victory despite the Remain camp jumping ahead of Leave in some polls and betting markets.
It is only the third nationwide referendum in UK history and comes after a four-month battle for votes between the Leave and Remain campaigns.
As the country prepares for the crucial vote on its future in, or out, of the European Union, polls suggest the debate is neck-and-neck, and well within the margin of error.
Recent online polls have put the Leave campaign ahead, but phone polls suggest Remain will win. The betting markets are suggesting there is a 75 per cent chance Remain will win.
Voters will be asked: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European or leave the European Union?” and should mark a cross in the box of their choice.
Polling stations are open between 07:00 BST and 22:00 BST and Votes will be counted from when polls shut at 10:00pm on Thursday.
Depending on how close the poll is, the result may become clear before the final national result is officially declared by the Chief Counting Officer, who will be based at Manchester Town Hall.
The Electoral Commission estimates a final result “around breakfast time” on Friday.
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