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Britons take to the polls to vote for a divisive EU referendum

Britons take to the polls to vote for a divisive EU referendum

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Prime Minister David Cameron is in favour of a vote to remain. He called the referendum under pressure from his ruling Conservative Party, an increasing powerful anti-EU party.

  He was hoping to put to rest decades of debate over Britain’s place in Europe and its ties with Brussels.

Scotland’s First Minister is also staunchly pro-Remain. Nicola Sturgeon has said Britain leaving the EU could also trigger another independence referendum if Scots backed staying in the bloc but were dragged out by the English.
 
She and her husband Peter Murrell were one of the first people to cast their votes early today.

Veteran left-winger Jeremy Corbyn voted ‘No’ in a 1975 referendum on staying in the European Economic Community, but is now pro-Remain. He’s been criticised for changing his anti-EU stance soon after becoming leader of the Labour party.
 
The campaign to keep Britain in the European Union gained momentum after the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, a strong supporter of Britain remaining in the EU.
 
Her memorial service was held on Wednesday on what would have been her forty-second birthday.