Britons head to the polls for historic vote on E.U

June 23, 2016 6:22 AM

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LONDON — Britons from the far Scottish isles to the tip of Gibraltar began casting their ballots Thursday in a historic referendum that could rock the global economy and deeply unsettle the Western political order.

After months of bitter campaigning that sharply divided the country over questions of immigration and identity, election day dawned with a cliffhanger: Final polls showed Britons almost exactly split over whether the country should exit the 28-member European Union.

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