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Will Britain leave the European Union?

As Britain debates whether to leave the European Union, leaders across the continent are trying to avoid a potentially devastating split.

The country has long had an uneasy relationship with the rest of the 28-member bloc, having used its status as an economic powerhouse to keep its currency — the pound sterling — while all other members except Denmark now uses the euro or are shifting to it.

Proponents of a departure argue that Britain would save billions in membership fees, regain full control of its borders and free small- and medium-sized businesses from restrictive EU laws.

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