Polls Closed In Brexit, Counting Begins Shortly

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London: Polls have closed in Britain’s historic vote on whether to remain in the European Union or leave it. As many as 46.5 million paper ballots are now being counted by hand across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar, a British overseas territory.

Results will be collected in 382 local authorities, then sent to 12 regional counting centers for announcement of the results by region. The process will take hours — and could result in a country leaving the European Union for the first time ever.

Almost 46.5 million people registered in historic vote. Polling stations opened at 0700 BST and closed at 2200 BST. Britain’s Electoral Commission tweeted that those in line to vote at 2200 will be able to cast a ballot

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Storms expected in London tonight could delay the result of Britain’s historic EU referendum, officials have said. The Electoral Commission warned that torrential rain in the South East could mean ballot papers not reaching counting centres as quickly as they should. It comes after polling stations were closed in London this morning following a heavy down pour.