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In or Out? U.K. Votes on ‘Brexit’

The U.K. began voting Thursday in a national referendum on whether or not to quit the European Union.

Millions began voting Thursday in the United Kingdom on a bitterly-fought, knife-edge referendum that could tear up the island nation's EU membership and spark the greatest emergency of the bloc's 60-year history.

Above: Pensioners are ushered into a polling station to cast their ballot papers at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London on June 23, 2016.

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Olivia Sudjic holds up a placard in favor of the "Remain" camp by a polling station in London on June 23.

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A man leaves after voting at a polling station in Biggin Hill, England.

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha leave after voting at a polling station in London.

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Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), has a coffee in The Old Jail pub, after voting in the EU referendum in Biggin Hill.

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A "Leave" poster hangs in a window in London's Chelsea neighborhood.

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Nuns leave a polling station after voting in the European Union referendum in London on June 23. HANNAH MCKAY / EPA

People wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, historically claimed by Spain.

The territory is staunchly in favor of staying in the EU.

 

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A woman is reflected in a puddle of rain water as she arrives at a polling station at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London.

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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon leaves after voting in the EU referendum at Broomhouse Community Hall in Glasgow, Scotland, on June 23.

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