Great Britain and Northern Ireland is heading to the polls to decide the result of an historic referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union, or leave the 28-nation bloc.
46,599,517 people are entitled to vote and polling stations will be open between 7 AM and 10 PM BST.
The ballot paper asks the following question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union.”
The two choices are “Remain,” and “Leave.”
Whichever side obtains a vote of more than 50% will be declared the winner, with preliminary first results expected to be announced during the late evening and early on Friday morning. Thunder and heavy rain has already started in much of the country which will, with little doubt, have an impact on the number of voters.
Unlike the Scottish referendum to leave the UK, 16 and 17-year-olds are not entitled to vote, nor European nationals. Citizens from the Republic of Ireland who live and work in the UK are entitled to vote.
(times are 22:00 are approximate)
07:00: Polling stations open
22:00: Polling stations close
22:10: Sealed ballot boxes start to be collected and transported to local counting venues. There are 382 throughout the UK.
22:40: Results will start to be declared. The BBC, ITV, and Sky all have feature programmes to announce results.
04:00: It should be now clear which side has the upper hand in the count, although not a certainty.
Once it’s clear which side has won and ballot papers are counted, the Chief Counting Officer, who will be based at Manchester Town Hall, will announce the official result.