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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Brexit could now threaten the unity of the United Kingdom as Scotland and Northern Ireland raise the prospect of holding their own referendums to leave the U.K.

The option of an independence referendum for Scotland is "on the table,” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Friday, speaking shortly after results of a referendum signaled that the U.K. had voted to leave the European Union.

Scotland was firmly in the “Remain” camp with 62 percent who voted to stay, against 38 percent for leaving the U.K. While Scots voted to remain in the U.K. in a 2014 referendum, Thursday’s vote could prompt them to at least call for another vote.

Sturgeon said it was "democratically unacceptable" for Scotland to be taken out of the E.U. and insured she would take "all possible steps and explore all options."

In Northern Ireland, where 56 percent voted to remain in the E.U., the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has also called for a vote on a United Ireland.

In a statement, the Irish government said the result had "very significant implications for Ireland, as well as for Britain and for the European Union.”

Spain has also said it will seek co-sovereignty of Britain's small Mediterranean enclave of Gibraltar. The territory voted 96 percent to stay in the E.U. and is wholly reliant on Spain for trade and access.

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NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI(NEW YORK) -- NASA's New Horizons sent back an image showing a "Super Grand Canyon" on Pluto's largest moon, Charon, that's longer and deeper than the Grand Canyon here on Earth.

The canyon, which is informally named Argo Chasma, is estimated to be 430 miles long and as deep as 5.5 miles, according to NASA. By comparison, the Grand Canyon in Arizona is 280 miles long and is a little more than a mile deep.

The image was taken when New Horizons was 289,000 miles away from Charon. The space probe made a historic flyby of Pluto and its moons last July, and has since been sending photos and data back to Earth.

The spacecraft, equipped with a power system that converts radiation from decaying plutonium into electricity, loses about a few watts each year but may have enough power for two more decades of exploration, according to NASA. It's currently moving through the Kuiper Belt, an area full of tiny, icy worlds at the edge of the solar system.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — World leaders reacted swiftly to the United Kingdom's historic vote to leave the European Union, with many expressing deep concern and uncertainty over the referendum.

French President Francois Hollande said Friday morning he will meet with Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday after Britain voted Thursday to leave the E.U.

Here's reaction from other leaders around the world:


“The British people have decided to leave the European Union. As it defines the next chapter in its relationship with the EU, I know that the United Kingdom's position in NATO will remain unchanged. The UK will remain a strong and committed NATO Ally, and will continue to play its leading role in our Alliance.”


"I profoundly regret this decision for the United Kingdom and for Europe, but the choice is theirs and we have to respect it,” French President Francois Hollande told reporters Friday after a meeting with his ministers.

French leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon said on French radio Friday morning, “This is the end of a world that begins with this Brexit. This teaches a lesson to the whole of Europe; either we change it or we leave it. This is the time for a plan B.”


Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the result has "very significant implications" for Ireland. He was due to make a statement after a special meeting of ministers Friday.


Spain's foreign minister proposed sharing Britain's small Mediterranean enclave of Gibraltar after Britain voted to exit the European Union, saying it would allow the overseas territory to maintain access to the E.U.'s single market.


After an emergency meeting with parliamentary heads, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed "great regret" over the result and warned Europe shouldn't draw "quick and simple conclusions" that would create further division.

Norbert Röttgen, a senior member of Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Party, decried Brexit as the "biggest catastrophe in the history of European integration."


Foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni said, "The decision of the British voters must be a wake-up call."


Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foreign affairs committee in Russia's upper house of Parliament, told the Interfax news agency that the E.U. "has not solved its main problem: to become understood by and convenient for the broader masses of the population."

But “this is an issue for the E.U. foremost to draw conclusions from, and Britain only second," he said.


The Foreign Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, released a statement Friday morning that the country will closely observe the impact of those developments on Japan and the international community. Kishida added that the government of Japan will continue to make efforts to maintain and strengthen the Japan-U.K .relations.

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South Korea's economic and financial authorities have held an emergency meeting to discuss ways to fend off any possible fallout from the British withdrawal from the European Union, the news agency Yonhap reported.


Prime Minister Alexi Tsipras said the result is a "negative development,” adding that the migrant crisis was partly to blame for the Brexit vote.


The Swedish prime minister says the vote result was a "wake-up call" for the E.U., and says it must show it can respond to people's expectations.

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BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday morning that he will step down as prime minister in the fall, saying the country needs "fresh leadership."

His announcement follows UK voters' historic referendum decision to leave the European Union.

He said he will continue as prime minister with his cabinet for the next three months, and will step down in time for the Conservative party's conference.

"I love this country and feel honored to have served it," Cameron said. "Will of British people must be respected."

He added, "The British people have spoken....This was not a decision taken lightly. There can be no doubt about the result. I will reassure the markets that British economy is strong. This will require strong leadership. I’ve been proud to be prime minister for six years."

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Good morning everyone, the country has just taken part in a giant democratic exercise, perhaps the biggest in our history.

Over 33 million people from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar have all had their say.

We should be proud of the fact that in these islands we trust the people for these big decisions.

We not only have a parliamentary democracy, but on questions about the arrangements for how we've governed there are times when it is right to ask the people themselves and that is what we have done.

The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected.

I want to thank everyone who took part in the campaign on my side of the argument, including all those who put aside party differences to speak in what they believe was the national interest and let me congratulate all those who took part in the Leave campaign for the spirited and passionate case that they made.

The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered. It was not a decision that was taken lightly, not least because so many things were said by so many different organisations about the significance of this decision.

So there can be no doubt about the result.

Across the world people have been watching the choice that Britain has made. I would reassure those markets and investors that Britain's economy is fundamentally strong and I would also reassure Britons living in European countries and European citizens living here there will be no immediate changes in your circumstances.

There will be no initial change in the way our people can travel, in the way our goods can move or the way our services can be sold.

We must now prepare for a negotiation with the European Union. This will need to involve the full engagement of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments to ensure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced. But above all this will require strong, determined and committed leadership.

I'm very proud and very honoured to have been Prime Minister of this country for six years.

I believe we've made great steps, with more people in work than ever before in our history, with reforms to welfare and education, increasing people's life chances, building a bigger and stronger society, keeping our promises to the poorest people in the world and enabling those who love each other to get married whatever their sexuality, but above all restoring Britain's economic strength.

And I'm grateful to everyone who's helped to make that happen. I have also always believed that we have to confront big decisions, not duck them.

That is why we delivered the first coalition government in 70 years, to bring our economy back from the brink.

It's why we delivered a fair, legal and decisive referendum in Scotland. And it's why I made the pledge to renegotiate Britain's position in the European Union and to hold the referendum on our membership and have carried those things out.

I fought this campaign in the only way I know how, which is to say directly and passionately what I think and feel - head, heart and soul.

I held nothing back, I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger, safer and better off inside the European Union and I made clear the referendum was about this and this alone - not the future of any single politician including myself.

But the British people have made a very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction.

I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.

This is not a decision I've taken lightly but I do believe it's in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required.

There is no need for a precise timetable today but in my view we should aim to have a new prime minister in place by the start of the Conservative Party conference in October.

Delivering stability will be important and I will continue in post as Prime Minister with my Cabinet for the next three months.

The Cabinet will meet on Monday, the Governor of the Bank of England is making a statement about the steps that the Bank and the Treasury are taking to reassure financial markets.

We will also continue taking forward the important legislation that we set before Parliament in the Queen's Speech.

And I have spoken to Her Majesty the Queen this morning to advise her of the steps that I am taking.

A negotiation with the European Union will need to begin under a new prime minister and I think it's right that this new prime minister takes the decision about when to trigger Article 50 and start the formal and legal process of leaving the EU.

I will attend the European Council next week to explain the decision the British people have taken and my own decision.

The British people have made a choice, that not only needs to be respected but those on the losing side of the argument - myself included - should help to make it work.

Britain is a special country - we have so many great advantages – a parliamentary democracy where we resolve great issues about our future through peaceful debate, a great trading nation with our science and arts, our engineering and our creativity, respected the world over.

And while we are not perfect I do believe we can be a model for the multi-racial, multi-faith democracy, that people can come and make a contribution and rise to the very highest that their talent allows.

Although leaving Europe was not the path I recommended, I am the first to praise our incredible strengths.

I said before that Britain can survive outside the European Union and indeed that we could find a way.

Now the decision has been made to leave, we need to find the best way and I will do everything I can to help.

I love this country and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed.

Thank you very much.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — The United Kingdom voted in a referendum Thursday to leave the European Union, according to the United Kingdom Electoral Commission.

The Leave side garnered 51.9 percent of the vote, while the Remain side garnered 48.1 percent, according to the Commission.

Shortly after 6:30 a.m. local time (1:30 a.m. ET), the winning side became apparent, when the Leave side had more than 17 million votes, exceeding the 16.8 million needed to win -- which is more than 50% of the vote.

Jenny Watson, chairwoman of the United Kingdom Electoral Commission soon after officially declared that the UK voted to leave the European Union. Voter turnout at 72.2 percent was very high for the UK.

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, a proponent of the Leave movement tweeted, "We've got our country back. Thanks to all of you. #IndependenceDay."

Farage also tweeted a video to his supporters in which he said, "We've done it..We've overturned the establishment, the big banks, the big businesses."


We have done it! #IndependenceDay

— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 24, 2016


Farage was also quick to make the TV interview rounds, kicking off his morning with an apperance on Good Morning Britain, on which he said "I almost didn't dare to dream it would happen."


Today is a victory for decent, ordinary people who have taken on the establishment and won. #IndependenceDay

— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 24, 2016


England and Wales supported Leave, while Scotland and Northern Ireland voted Remain.

More than 1.6 million Scottish votes backed Remain against Leave's around 1 million Scottish votes.

More than 440,000 Northern Irish voters supported Remain and about 349,000 backed Leave.

England supported Leave by nearly 15 million votes against Remain's 13 million. London, including West Oxfordshire, home to Prime Minister David Cameron’s Witney constituency, supported Remain.

European Union officials in Brussels are trying to figure out the next steps after the UK's dramatic decision. Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, is hosting meetings Friday with the leaders of the European Council and Parliament, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose country holds the EU's rotating presidency. They will attempt to agree on how to handle the vote, which could lead to a member country leaving the EU for the first time in history.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, tweeted his reaction, writing, "We are prepared for this negative scenario. There will be no legal vacuum." He also tweeted a video of his press conference:


My remarks on the outcome of the referendum in the UK: Video: #UKreferendum #UKref

— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) June 24, 2016


The first results from England Friday showed greater than expected support for leaving. Newcastle, which was the first to declare a result in the country, voted to remain in the EU but by a very small margin: 50.7 percent voted to stay while 49.3 percent voted to Leave. Sunderland voted to Leave at 61.3 percent while 38.7 percent voted to stay.

The Bank of England said it will take "all necessary steps" to meet responsibilities for monetary and fiscal stability. At one point Friday, the Pound fell to $1.33, the lowest since the mid 1980s. Before the results came in, the Pound had risen as high as $1.50 because traders expected a Remain victory. But following the early results that showed stronger than expected support for Leave in north-east England it dropped to $1.43 and then took another dive after Leave continued to lead. As of 1:30 a.m. ET, the Pound was worth $1.34.

Following news of the Leave side's victory, a White House official released a brief statement: "The President has been briefed on the incoming returns in the UK referendum, and he will continue to be updated by his team as the situation warrants. We expect the President will have an opportunity to speak to Prime Minister Cameron over the course of the next day, and we will release further comment as soon as appropriate."

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Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images(SOUTH AYRSHIRE, Scotland) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, in Scotland for a two-day business trip, Friday called the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union “purely historic,” even though a majority Scottish voters indicated they wanted to remain part of the EU.

Trump compared the U.K. referendum vote, “dubbed Brexit,” to America’s presidential election. "People really see a big parallel," he noted Friday at a news conference at his Turnberry golf course.

“What I like is that I love to see people take their country back. And that's really what's happening in the United States,” Trump said.

Overall in the UK, 52 percent voted to leave the 28-member bloc, while 48.1 percent voted to stay. However, in Scotland there was a very different result with 62 percent voting to stay and 38 percent to leave.

Before Friday’s news conference, Trump tweeted that Scotland was "going wild" over the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union, despite Scotland's preference to remain in the E.U.

“Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote," Trump tweeted.

Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2016

He added: “They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!”

On the global impact of Brexit, Trump told reporters Friday this will happen “more and more,” pointing to Germany specifically and its refugee crisis. Trump also argued that the E.U. “looks like it's on its way” to breaking up.

“You are going to have, I think, many other cases where they want to take their borders back,” Trump said. “They want to take their monetary back. They want to take a lot of things back. They want to be able to have a country again.”

When asked how leaders should unite, Trump answered, “You unite people by having a happy country.”

“When people pour into the country and it doesn't work, whether it's because of crime or, you know, various other things,” he continued. “So you can't unite a country by forcing things down the people's throats and that's what happened here.”

Breaking with old tradition that "politics stops at the water's edge," Trump then predicted that the Brexit vote would have gone differently if President Obama hadn’t urged Britain to remain in the E.U.

"But I was actually very surprised that President Obama would have come over here; he would have been so bold as to tell the people over here what to do," Trump said. "And I think that a lot of people don’t like him. I think if he had not said it; I think your results might have been different. But when he said it, people were not happy about it. And I thought it was totally inappropriate."

Trump isn’t traveling with his foreign advisers, but said he was in touch with them, although admitting, “There's nothing to talk about.”

He will continue his trip in Scotland Saturday with a visit to his other golf course and resort property in Aberdeen.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A nervous United Kingdom is awaiting the results of the Brexit referendum -- deciding whether the country should leave the European Union -- after the polls closed at 10 p.m. local time, but the final tally won't be announced for hours.

The first results from England have shown greater than expected support for leaving. Newcastle, which was the first to declare a result in the country, voted to remain in the EU but by a very small margin: 50.7 percent voted to stay while 49.3 percent voted to leave. Sunderland voted to leave at 61.3 percent while 38.7 percent voted to stay.

The Northeast of England is leaning more toward leave than expected. Hartlepool, Basildon, Kettering, Broxbourne, Swindon and South Tyneside all voted to leave at a higher margin than expected, according to the BBC's polling index.

Remain is leading in London, Scotland and Northern Ireland so far, while leave is leading in Wales. The voter turnout based on the counted votes is very high at around 69 percent.

Gibraltar, the UK's overseas territory on the southwest tip of Spain, voted to remain in the EU by a big margin -- and was the first area to declare a result. Voter turnout in Gibraltar, which has been a British territory since 1713, was high at 84 percent and the vast majority of voters -- 96 percent -- voted to remain in the EU, while 4 percent voted to leave.

But Gibraltar is not representative of the rest of the UK because of the territory's small size and voter make-up.

The referendum is not legally binding and Parliament would still have to repeal the 1972 act that allowed the U.K. to join the E.U.

Heavy rain, lightning and floods hit large parts of the U.K. as residents headed to the polls earlier today. London's Fire Brigade received up to 300 calls overnight in three hours, the kind of volume it usually receives in a day. Flooding has caused relocation of at least two polling stations in suburban London.

300 '999' calls as we attend floods & lightning strikes in #londonstorm pic @globalsnewsroom

— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) June 23, 2016

"Our control staff and firefighters have been working tirelessly through the night and into this morning to deal with the huge volume of weather-related calls that we have received," the brigade said in a statement.

Among 46.5 million people voting in the referendum, scores could be affected by the weather conditions. Travel chaos is expected throughout the day with disruptions already affecting rail and subway networks, especially in London.

I just had to be carried into a flooded polling station. It's something biblical... #remain

— Helen Joanna Youngs (@hjyoungs) June 23, 2016

Turnout was expected to be high, with a record of 46.5 million entitled to vote in polling stations, which were open today between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. local time.

Recent polls in Britain tend to be relatively unreliable but the latest Ipsos Mori poll out this morning, and based on telephone interviews, found 52 percent of people wanted to remain in the European Union and 48 percent wanted to leave. At least two other recent polls, Opinium and TNS, have the “leave” camp at 1 point and 2 points ahead of the “remain” camp.

Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn have already cast their votes, along with former London Mayor Boris Johnson, who has been campaigning for the U.K. to leave the union.

A “Brexit” would be a "turning point in the story of our country," Johnson said in an interview today in The Telegraph newspaper, adding he was prepared to sacrifice his career over his desire to see a Brexit.

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ABC News(LONDON) --  The sight of ballot boxes hurriedly being past from volunteer to volunteer marked a British tradition in an otherwise untraditional ballot day -– the regional battle to be the first to declare results.

After polls closed at 10 p.m. local time, the United Kingdom now awaits the results of the crucial Brexit referendum that will decide whether the country leaves the European Union or stays.

Volunteers have been seen hastily passing ballot boxes to each other. But students who have been asked to be "runners" in Newcastle are also running with ballot boxes in an attempt to beat Sunderland as the first place in the UK to declare a result.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEVILLE, Spain) -- Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard landed Solar Impulse in Seville, Spain Thursday morning, completing a three-day historic trip across the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane powered by only the sun's energy.

A smiling Piccard was greeted by his Solar Impulse partner, Andre Borschberg, as he exited the cockpit after spending 71 hours and 8 minutes inside the cockpit, cruising over the ocean at a speed of around 50 mph.

"The Atlantic is always the symbolic flight for all the means of transportation and today it becomes a symbolic flight for energy vision," Piccard told ABC News before he took off from New York City. "It is the first time an airplane flying solar -- that means with electric engines, zero emissions, zero fuel -- is attempting to cross this ocean from America to Europe, so it is extremely exciting for all of us."

The two pilots expect to complete their around-the-world journey this summer in Abu Dhabi -- where the voyage began in March 2015. They expect to have about three more flights before completing their circumnavigation of the globe.

A departure date hasn't been set yet for the next leg, which Borschberg will fly, however Solar Impulse's team expects the next destination will be Greece or Egypt.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two sick U.S. workers have landed safely in Chile after a daring rescue from a South Pole research station, according to the National Science Foundation.

The small aircraft tasked with the medical evacuation flight out of the National Science Foundation’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station arrived in Chile Wednesday night. The ailing crew members will be treated for medical care.

The NSF did not disclose the details of the patients' conditions.

The research foundation says the plane had departed the Antarctic research station early Wednesday, making one stop at a British station in Antarctica on its way to Chile.

The patients are both seasonal employees at the station. The level of care they needed was not available at the station.

Amundsen-Scott South Pole facility is in one the most remote areas of the planet. Planes avoid the region between February and October because of the dangers of flying in the pitch black and extreme cold.

It is currently midwinter in Antarctica and the bitter cold can freeze jet fuel. The sun will not rise again until August.

This is only the third rescue mission attempted in the past 60 years. In 1999, a doctor at the station diagnosed herself with breast cancer and was unable to get out, so she treated herself with chemotherapy.

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The Ocean Cleanup(NEW YORK) — A Dutch foundation aimed at removing plastic pollution from the world’s oceans launched a prototype of a new clean-up system Wednesday in the North Sea.

The prototype is a 100-meter long barrier system, "which acts as an artificial coastline, passively catching and concentrating ocean debris," The Ocean Cleanup, a foundation co-sponsored by the Dutch government and marine contractor Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., announced in a statement.

The system — the first ocean cleanup system to actually be tested at sea — will go through its trial run in the North Sea, 12 nautical miles from the coast of the Netherlands, an Ocean Cleanup spokesperson told ABC News. The goal is to track how the passive barrier fares in extreme weather conditions, which are more common in the North Sea than in the Pacific Ocean.

Though the foundation estimates there's a 30 percent chance the barrier system will break under the harsh conditions, this prototype is a step towards building a 100-kilometer-long ocean garbage collector that the group plans to deploy in 2020 to clean "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch." The massive area in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii contains the largest accumulation of trash in the ocean and has been the center of many other cleanup efforts.

The massive marine cleaner-upper is shaped like the letter "V" and meant to work with the natural ocean currents to collect garbage that can then be extracted and brought ashore for recycling, the spokesperson explained.

Boyan Slat, the CEO of the Ocean Cleanup, founded the project in 2013 and largely relied on crowdfunding at first to launch his environmental initiative.

Slat became the youngest winner of the United Nation's prestigious Champions of the Earth Award in 2014 for his ocean cleaning efforts.

“The Ocean Cleanup is an inspiring example of how we can tackle the growing problem of ocean pollution. I hope that with the help of the Dutch government, Boyan’s prototype will turn out to be the successful solution for cleaning up the mid-ocean gyres," Dutch Environment Minister Sharon Dijksma said in a statement. "This is crucial to prevent permanent damage to the environment and marine life, due to the degradation and fragmentation of plastic waste materials.”

The ocean currently contains over 150 million metric tons of plastic, according to a report released by the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation earlier this year.

The report also warned that if no action is taken, there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by the year 2050.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BERLIN) -- A gunman is dead after at least 50 special forces policemen stormed a German movie theater Thursday, said Peter Beuth, Germany's minister of the interior.

German police had responded to reports of a gunman at a theater in the town of Viernheim, about 45 miles south of Frankfurt.

German media have reported that some individuals were injured in the incident, possibly from teargas police deployed when entering the theater.

The incident started after 3 p.m. local time when a man armed with a gun entered the theater, according to German media reports.

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Operation Croissant(LONDON) -- A group of friends from France traveled to London on Wednesday on a mission to hand out hundreds of freshly baked croissants in an effort to convince British people to stay in the European Union.

A record 46.5 million people are expected to head to the polls Thursday to vote in a referendum on whether or not Britain should remain in the E.U.

“It was conceived as an act of friendship, proximity and goodwill” organizers of the event said in a statement, dubbing the event “Operation Croissant.”

However, the group was not allowed to go forward with its plan so organizers gave out 500 postcards with messages written by fellow Europeans instead.

"It has been very touching to receive the messages for the postcards," organizers said. "It made us realize that many people have wanted to speak about this issue, and were looking for a simple and anonymous way to do so."

One message was written by a British pastry chef currently living in Paris. She explained the difference between straight croissants, which are made from butter, and curved ones, which are made from margarine.

“I know because as an English girl -- and E.U. citizen -- I was allowed to go to pastry school for free, like the French kids. I learned how to layer butter and dough to make these flaky creatures,” said Frances, who didn't include her last name on the postcard.

“All this to say, I am grateful for open borders, for the right to travel and work elsewhere. For cultural and culinary exchange. Bon appétit et très bonne journée," Frances added.

Marie Houzelle, a writer living in a suburb of Paris, wrote on her card: "We like you: your language, your music, your radio, your fiction—your difference."

Gérard, a lawyer from Paris, wrote: "Relationship status: it's complicated, but it’s easier to bring you breakfast in bed if you stay. There are not enough croissants in France to express how much we love you guys."

Many of the messages praised British cultural exports. Sabine from Paris wrote: "In the words of one of your very best exports, Sir John Lennon: 'The French make rock and roll like the English make wine.' Luckily we can have both together."

While no croissants were distributed, the organizers did manage to bring a batch from France and dropped them off at a homeless shelter in London.

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Stephen Pond/Getty Images(NORFOLK, England) — Prince William and Princess Kate enjoyed a five-course meal prepared by Michelin-star chefs at a gala dinner Wednesday night. The gala supported East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), a charity of which Kate is a patron.

The royal couple used the occasion to joke about Kate's cooking skills.

Kate, 34, told the guests, "William has to put up with my cooking most of the time."

Prince William responded by joking of Kate's cooking, "It's the reason I'm so skinny."

The gala took place at Houghton Hall, an opulent, stately manor house near William and Kate's home Anmer Hall in Norfolk. EACH is a charity that provides hospice services supporting families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening illnesses across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The charity was one of the first Kate became a patron of after her 2011 marriage to Prince William.

Kate recycled a $5,000, pale-pink beaded Jenny Packham gown that she last wore over five years ago. She paired the gown with nude, suede L.K. Bennett stiletto sandals, a Prada clutch and a stunning diamond bracelet.

The benefit, which included a champagne reception, raised about $150,000 for the charity. Guests reportedly paid upward of $15,000 a ticket to dine with the future king and queen of England.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Heavy rain, lightening and floods have hit large parts of the United Kingdom as residents head to the polls to vote on whether to remain or leave the European Union.

Overnight, London's Fire Brigade received up to 300 calls in three hours, the same amount it usually receives in a day.

300 '999' calls as we attend floods & lightning strikes in #londonstorm pic @globalsnewsroom

— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) June 23, 2016

"Our control staff and firefighters have been working tirelessly through the night and into this morning to deal with the huge volume of weather related calls that we have received," the brigade said in a statement.

Among 46.5 million people voting in the referendum, scores could be affected by the weather conditions. Travel chaos is expected throughout the day with disruption already affecting rail and subway networks, especially in London.

I just had to be carried into a flooded polling station. It's something biblical... #remain

— Helen Joanna Youngs (@hjyoungs) June 23, 2016

"Thundery showers easing in the south-east, before re-developing this afternoon," the MET --the UK's official weather forecaster said in a statement, adding that they had issued "Severe Weather Warnings" in southeastern parts of the country.

Picture of the heavy flooding currently blocking the lines at #ManorPark

— Greater Anglia (@greateranglia) June 23, 2016

"It will then be a muggy day, with warm sunny spells, before further heavy and thundery downpours spread north during the afternoon," the MET said about London.

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