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

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<p>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. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This London bakery is holding a Brexit cupcake referendum <a href="https://t.co/e6vEUle8sE">https://t.co/e6vEUle8sE</a> <a href="https://t.co/sBKTqRnDK9">pic.twitter.com/sBKTqRnDK9</a></p>— The New York Times (@nytimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/745956343220154368">June 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>   He was hoping to put to rest decades of debate over Britain’s place in Europe and its ties with Brussels. <p>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. <br />  <br /> She and her husband Peter Murrell were one of the first people to cast their votes early today.</p> <p>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. <br />  <br /> 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.<br />  <br /> Her memorial service was held on Wednesday on what would have been her forty-second birthday.</p>
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