Nervous Remain supporters stepped up campaigning in Britain’s EU referendum after odds on a vote to leave the bloc dramatically narrowed. This follows a string of polls showing a surge in Leave sentiment.
Bookmakers cut the odds of an exit vote in the June 23 referendum to as short as 6-5.
Remain was still the favorite, but only just, after several phone and online polls, released late Monday, suggested growing support for leaving the 28-nation bloc.
Senior Labour Party figures warned that leaving the EU could cause a recession and trigger big, public-sector job losses.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said trade unions across Europe had “brought us better working conditions, longer holidays, less discrimination, and maternity and paternity leave.”
“We believe that a Leave vote will put many of those things seriously, and immediately, at risk,” he said.
Leave campaigners insist the UK government will have more money if it does not have to pay millions a week to the bloc.
The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun tabloid urged its readers to vote for an EU exit, with a front-page editorial, on Tuesday, under the headline ‘BeLeave in Britain’.
The newspaper — which has a history of backing the winning side in elections — urged voters to reject a “dictatorial” EU that “has proved increasingly greedy, wasteful, bullying and breathtakingly incompetent in a crisis”.
The Sun remains Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper, with a circulation of more than 2m.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said he has “absolutely no idea” what will happen if Britain votes to leave the EU next week.
He said his party’s MEPs, of which he is one, would act as the “canary in the mine shaft” in the European Parliament if the government failed to act upon a Leave vote by the British people.
Mr Farage was speaking during a walkabout with supporters in the London borough of Kingston upon Thames.
Mr Farage said he was “absolutely thrilled” and “over the moon” with the Sun newspaper’s decision.
Arriving in Kingston aboard his purple Brexit battle bus, to the theme tune of The Great Escape, Mr Farage, flanked by five security guards, posed for selfies, exchanged handshakes, and signed one supporter’s car.
He also accepted a £5 note from another supporter, who offered it on the condition he “bought himself a beer”.
Polls have shown a rise in support for Leave, but Mr Farage warned that any Brexit campaigner who thought they had it in the bag was a “fool”.
A YouGov poll for The Times put Leave seven points ahead, on 46%, with Remain on 39%. And a pair of ICM polls for The Guardian — one carried out by telephone, the other online — has Leave ahead by 53% to 47%, if the ‘don’t knows’ are excluded.
Asked what he thought would happen after next week’s vote, Mr Farage said: “I’ve absolutely no idea. What I do know is that if we vote for Brexit, then the Ukip delegation in the European Parliament has a very important job over the next 18 months or two years.”
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