If the polls this morning are anything to go by, the momentum for Brexit is building: an ITV poll for Good Morning Britain shows 45 per cent of voters planning on voting out, compared to 41 per cent who wanted the UK to remain in the EU. The poll is significant because it shows that in the purdah period in the final run-up to the referendum on June 23rd, the ‘Leave’ campaign’s support is growing. What’s more, a separate poll survey by TNS showed ‘Leave’ on 43 per cent compared to 41 per cent backing ‘Remain’.
This week’s ORB poll sends mixed signals about voters’ thinking on the EU referendum. While topline figures in this week’s poll suggest the Remain campaign has improved its vote share advantage over the Leave campaign among the population as a whole since last week, among those definite to vote the opposite is true – with the Leave campaign narrowing the gap among those certain to vote. Whether this week’s change primarily is due to increased sample volatility in last week’s ORB poll because of the bank holiday weekend, or whether it represents a true change in the public’s attitudes, only time will tell. But it demonstrates that when considering polls it is always important to focus on the broad trends and what these show, rather than the latest ‘interesting’ change.
Britons narrowly favour remaining in the European Union according to two polls published in Tuesday’s newspapers, in contrast to surveys released on Monday which showed the campaign for Brexit ahead. Support for remaining in the EU had a one-point lead in both an online YouGov survey published for The Times newspaper and an ORB telephone poll of those definite to vote conducted for The Daily Telegraph. Britons will vote on June 23 on whether to remain part of the EU, a choice with far-reaching consequences for politics, the economy, defence and diplomacy but divergent polls have made it difficult to predict the outcome.
British support for remaining in the European Union has a one-point lead over the “Leave” campaign, according to a YouGov poll for the Times posted Monday. Forty-three percent of respondents of the latest YouGov poll intend to vote to keep Britain in the EU, while 42 percent support an exit vote in the referendum, according to a message posted on Twitter by Times political correspondent Sam Coates. Britons will vote on June 23 on whether to remain in the 28-member bloc.
More than 270 Brexit-backing former military officers today tell serving heroes to make sure they have a say in the EU referendum – and vote Leave to save Britain. Retired sergeants, petty officers and NCOs from all three services issued a last-minute plea for servicemen and women to get on the voting register before tonight’s midnight deadline. Elections watchdog the Electoral Commission is also warning people not to miss the cut-off after tens of thousands tried to sign up a day late for last year’s general election. Fears have been raised that many forces personnel may not have signed up to cast their ballot as they focus on keeping the country safe. In a series of messages delivered through the Veterans for Britain campaign group, the former officers urge comrades not to miss out – and to back Brexit to protect the military from being sucked into a European army.
REMAIN campaigner Hilary Benn has admitted that large levels of immigration is part and parcel of being in the European Union (EU). The shadow foreign secretary tonight repeatedly dodged questions over whether Britain would be able to control EU immigration if voters vote to remain in the 28-country bloc. BBC interviewer Andrew Neil pressed Mr Benn three times on how he would control immigration if Britain remained in the EU – but the MP failed to answer the question. Asked if he would control immigration or not, Mr Benn said: “Well there are pressures, but the workers who come here from the EU also contribute a great deal to our economy.”
Pro-Europe MPs will fight a rearguard battle to stop Britain leaving the single market even after a Brexit vote, senior Tories have warned. Those negotiating Britain’s new relationship with the EU after a Leave vote have been told that they would not be given a “blank cheque” by MPs if they thought the new arrangements were not in the country’s interests. Fewer than 200 of parliament’s 650 MPs support the Brexit campaign, giving Remain supporters an overwhelming cross-party majority. Some pro-Remain ministers believe that votes in the Commons could be used to put pressure on the government to keep Britain in.
Nigel Farage has said that a Brexit following the upcoming European Union (EU) referendum would be the “first domino” to fall leading to the disintegration of the politico-trading bloc, a result he favours. Mr. Farage was discussing the prospects and outcomes of a Brexit result in the referendum during an interview with the pro-EU newspaper, the Financial Times. He predicted other leaders within the EU will intervene to “do whatever they can to stop Britain leaving” because Brexit would be the “first domino” in the rest of their union disintegrating.
Britain’s population could hit 80 million if the country votes to remain in the European Union (EU), Brexit campaigners have warned. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, former Mayor of London Boris Johnson said uncontrolled mass immigration caused by the EU’s free movement policies means that Britain could “grow the size of a city like Newcastle every year” to “70 or perhaps 80 million”.
A new ‘partnership framework’ to address the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe, using visa liberalisation and trade with non-European Union (EU) countries to help lessen the flow of migrants, has been proposed by the European Commission. The Commission’s proposal hopes to address the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe with an €8 billion fund — rising to €60 billion with contributions from member states and the private sector — aimed at persuading Middle Eastern and African countries such as Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Niger, Ethiopia and possibly even Libya to process migrants before they travel to the EU.
THE EU was last night accused of putting British families lives at risk – by forcing the UK to harbour convicted killers, rapists and drug traffickers. Brexit campaigners unveiled a devastating dossier of 50 dangerous criminals the Government has been prevented from booting out of the country by EU free movement laws. They include Learco Chindamo, the Italian who murdered headteacher Philip Lawrence in 1995, and a Romanian rapist the Home Secretary was ordered to take back in after kicking him out. Polish national Theresa Rafacz was also allowed to stay in Britain despite killing her husband after a judge said there was “no basis” under EU law for her deportation on public safety grounds.
Murderers, rapists and violent offenders from across Europe have been able to remain in Britain after their crimes, the Justice Minister will say on Tuesday as he reveals a dossier of 50 offenders who have used EU rules to avoid deportation. Dominic Raab, who works closely with Michael Gove in the Justice department, said that British families are “at risk” because European courts are refusing to allow UK judges to deport dangerous and violent criminals back to EU countries. Mr Raab has compiled a dossier of the 50 most serious offenders who have been allowed to remain in the UK because of Brussels red tape. As justice minister, Mr Raab has had first-hand experience of many of the cases the UK has seen thwarted.
Filthy migrant shanty towns have sprung up around the outside of London. Their residents, living rent free so they can drastically undercut other workers in the UK, fear Britain voting to leave the European Union (EU). Running along one of London’s busiest roads, makeshift campsites have appeared where mostly Albanians, Romanians and Bulgarians sleep in tents or on mattresses sheltered by flyovers. Some sleep in cars that have been raised off their wheels so as to avoid paying road tax. At the larger, more established, campsites the huts even have doors and windows.
Hillary Clinton has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination for the US presidential race, according to the Associated Press. According to the news agency’s count of secured pledges from delegates won in primaries and caucuses, and a survey of party insiders known as superdelegates, Clinton has the overall support of the required 2,383 delegates. The win will make Ms Clinton the first woman to win a major US party ticket.
European Union bureaucrats want almost £50billion to solve the migration crisis, according to astonishing new reports. Brussels is proposing a raft of expensive new measures to convince neighbouring countries in Africa and the Middle East to help it stem the tide of migrants. Bureaucrats at the European Commission say the bloc should use its political and financial muscle to convince nations such as Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia to accept economic migrants and refugees returned by nations such as Britain. They plan to offer the countries special financial incentives as part of their belated attempt to retake control of the EU’s borders.
DAVID CAMERON cynically offered a “guarantee” of workers’ rights yesterday if Britain stays in the European Union — just weeks after hitting trade unions with fresh restrictions. The Tory Prime Minister twice used a speech during a cross-party Remain campaign event to claim employment rights were in danger from a break with Brussels. Lining up alongside Labour’s former acting leader Harriet Harman, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, he said: “We come together today in an unprecedented show of cross-party unity.
The head of the NHS has admitted that bed-blocking in hospitals is a ‘systemic problem’. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, agreed that significant change was needed to reduce delays in patients being discharged.He was challenged by MPs after a report by the National Audit Office revealed the £820million annual cost of patients staying in hospital unnecessarily because of difficulties in arranging care when they leave. At a meeting of the Commons public accounts committee, member Richard Bacon asked Mr Stevens: ‘Do you think we have a systemic problem?’ The NHS chief replied ‘yes’. The Tory MP for South Norfolk told Mr Stevens he had not solved the problem because he had been ‘doing the wrong thing’.