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12:28 Monday 22 February 2016 

POLL: Should Britain leave the European Union?

David CameronBritain will go to the polls on Thursday, June 23 to decide whether or not Britain should remain a member of the European Union.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced the date of the referendum on Saturday after reaching a deal in Brussels over the country's future in the EU.

Mr Cameron wants to remain a part of a reformed European Union and said he has secured 'special status' for Britain following lengthy discussions last week.

The Prime Minister said he has secured protections for our economy, ensured Britain will never be part of a European superstate and agreed restriction on access to Britain's welfare system for EU migrants.

But critics say the deal is not enough and are calling for Britain to leave the union entirely.

Prominent Conservative politicians Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have joined the 'out' campaign, while opinion polls suggest the British public is divided on whether or not to stay in the EU.

Maidenhead MP and Home Secretary Theresa May, who wants to remain part of the union, made the following statement following the announcement of the deal with the European Council last week:

“This deal includes important reforms to prevent the abuse of free movement.  It means we keep control of our right to decide which criminal justice measures we participate in.

"It strengthens our ability to deport dangerous foreign criminals.  And while European countries must work together to tackle terrorism, it makes clear that our national security is ultimately our responsibility, not Europe’s. 

"The EU is far from perfect, and no one should be in any doubt that this deal must be part of an ongoing process of change and reform – this is crucial if it is to succeed in a changing world. 

"But in my view – for reasons of security, protection against crime and terrorism, trade with Europe, and access to markets around the world – it is in the national interest to remain a member of the European Union.”

We want to know your thoughts on the referendum. Vote in our poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments, on Facebook and on Twitter.

The poll is now closed. The results will be published on Friday, February 26.

Please note: Our online poll only serves as a representation of the opinions of those who voted. It does not claim to represent the views of our readership or public as a whole.

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