Britain Votes on EU Membership in Referendum

Live coverage of referendum night in the United Kingdom for analysis, commentary and results.

View of the Houses of Parliament in London, England, December 21, 2011
View of the Houses of Parliament in London, England, December 21, 2011 (Ben Sutherland)
  • The United Kingdom held a referendum on its European Union membership on Thursday. Voters were asked if they wanted to “leave” or “remain”.
  • With turnout at 72 percent, or 33.5 million, a majority of 52 percent voted to leave. The difference with the remain side was 1.3 million votes.
  • Gibraltar voted to to stay in the EU.
  • So did Scotland, which could reopen the question of its independence.
  • The Atlantic Sentinel had advised a vote to remain, arguing that British membership of the EU would prevent it becoming the sort of illiberal federation Britons fear.

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