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Polls open in Britain's historic EU referendum

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On Thursday Britain goes to the polls in a referendum on whether to remain or leave the EU . (Geoff Caddick/PA via AP) On Thursday Britain goes to the polls in a referendum on whether to remain or leave the EU . (Geoff Caddick/PA via AP)
Advocate to exit Europe Boris Johnson poses for a selfie photo with voters during a whistle stop tour of the country on the final day of campaigning before Thursday's EU referendum vote, in Selby, north England. AP Advocate to exit Europe Boris Johnson poses for a selfie photo with voters during a whistle stop tour of the country on the final day of campaigning before Thursday's EU referendum vote, in Selby, north England. AP

LONDON (AP) — Polls have opened in Britain for a referendum on whether the country should quit the European Union bloc it joined 43 years ago.

More than 46 million people are registered to vote in Thursday's plebiscite, which asks: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?"

Polls are open until 10 p.m. (2100GMT), with results due early Friday.

The referendum has exposed deep divisions over issues including sovereignty and national identity.

"Leave" campaigners claim that only a British exit can restore power to Parliament and control immigration. The "remain" campaign led by Prime Minister David Cameron argues that Britain is safer and richer inside the 28-nation EU.

Financial markets have been volatile ahead of the vote, as opinion polls suggested a tight race.

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