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Brexit or Bremain: UK heads to polls in EU referendum

Pollsters say the result is too close to predict, and depends on turnout and any late swing among the undecided voters

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Millions of Britons will head to the polls on Thursday to vote on whether the UK will remain a part of the European Union.

The vote, which echoes the rise of populism elsewhere in Europe and the United States, will shape the continent’s future. A victory for “out” could unleash turmoil on financial markets and foreign exchange bureaux reported a surge in demand for foreign currency from Britons wary sterling may fall.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and his eurosceptic opponents made final pitches for wavering voters on Wednesday on the eve of a defining referendum on European Union membership with the outcome still too close to call.

Some voters appeared to be heeding his message as three of four polls released on Wednesday showing a move toward staying in the EU. Two still showed a lead for “Leave”, while the other two showed a lead for “Remain”.

Most pollsters said the result was too close to predict, and would depend on turnout on the day and any late swing among the substantial number of undecided voters.

“It’s our last chance to sort this out and take back control,” said former London mayor Boris Johnson, the main leader of the Leave campaign and favorite with bookmakers to replace Cameron in the event of Brexit.

Polling company ComRes said “Remain” now looked likely to win after it reported a 6 percentage point lead in a survey for the Daily Mail and broadcaster ITV.

“The burning question now is whether Remain’s win will be of a sufficient margin to settle the issue of EU membership for a generation, as David Cameron put it,” ComRes chairman Andrew Hawkins said.