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Brexit kicks off in the UK
09:17, 23 June 2016
Brexit kicks off in the UK

Citizens to decide whether the Great Britain stays or secedes from the EU

09:17, 23 June 2016

gazprom.ru

The historical voting takes place in the United Kingdom on Thursday. It started at 7 a.m. (9 a.m. Kyiv time); polling stations opened across the country for the people to make their choice of the country’s future part in the EU. Brexit is the first such case in the EU’s history; no EU member country has ever conducted such polls or actually left the Union.  

The only question at the referendum is the following: ‘Should the United Kingdom stay in the EU or leave it?’. The two options are ‘remain EU member’ and ‘exit the EU’.

The decision to hold the plebiscite was made in January 2013, when British Premier David Cameron promised to organize voting on this issue by 2017, if his party wins the parliamentary election in 2015. In February 2016, Cameron announced that the referendum would take place in summer. The politician himself supports the UK’s further membership in the EU.      

Related: EUObserver: Brexit: EU prepares for the morning after

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