IN PICTURES: Brexit referendum day in the UK

Voters are deciding whether Britain should remain in or leave the European Union

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A person shelters under an umbrella as they enter a polling station in Walthamstow, east London. Image: Emily Pennink / PA Wire/Press Association Images

After months of campaigning, polls have finally opened in the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.

British people started casting their ballots at 7am this morning in the historic in/out vote. 

Polling booths will stay open until 10pm tonight. Counting begins as soon as the polls close, with a result expected in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

The most recent opinion polls have shown the 'Leave' and 'Remain' sides neck-and-neck. 

Torrential rain has swamped parts of south-east England and London, but some of the key campaigners have already been out to cast their votes in the capital:

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha arrive to cast their votes at a polling station in Westminster, London. Image: Anthony Devlin / PA Wire/Press Association Images


Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves after casting his vote at a polling station in Islington, London. Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas / PA Wire/Press Association Images 
UKIP leader Nigel Farage carries newspapers as he arrives outside his home in Downe, Kent, as the voters go the polls in the EU referendum. Image: Gareth Fuller / PA Wire/Press Association Images

UK newspapers have also been reflecting on the campaign, and in some cases coming out in favour of a 'Leave' or 'Remain' vote:

Elsewhere, the German tabloid Bild said it will acknowledge the controversial 'Wembley goal' from the 1966 World Cup final if England votes to stay in the EU.

Newstalk reporter Shona Murray is in Britain today, and has been talking to people outside polling stations.

Wendla - a refugee from 1939 - and Margaret say "it's the most important vote" they've made.

Keep up to date with our special Brexit programme on Newstalk from 10pm until midnight tonight, with coverage continuing through the night via LBC radio London. Find all the latest stories and analysis on, and you can also follow @Newstalkfm@ShonaMurrayNT and @newschambers for up-to-the-minute updates