Brexit: opinions share almost 50/50
07:45, 24 June 2016

Brexit: opinions share almost 50/50

Vote counting is underway in the UK

07:45, 24 June 2016

The media provide different figures of how the people voted. Reuters, for example, proves that 51.3 percent of voters supported the option for the Great Britain to stay in the EU. EU membership opponents made 48.7 percent, respectively. Such intermediate results were published after votes were counted in 64 electoral districts across the country.

Two southern districts in London mostly supported the option to save the country’s EU membership. The overwhelming majority of voters in Gibraltar also supported this idea. However, residents of Sunderland mostly chose to exit the EU (61 against 39 percent).

Sky News, on the other hand, reported that after more than a half of the voting bills (289 of 382 electoral districts) were counted, it turned out that opponents of the EU membership lead the way – 51 percent against 48.5.

The Economist wrote that as of 3.45 a.m., the voting results from almost half of the districts are balancing at 50/50.   

As 112 International reported, the historical voting took place in the United Kingdom on Thursday. The people were supposed 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 was the following: ‘Should the United Kingdom stay in the EU or leave it?’. The two options were ‘remain the 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.      

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