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As EU celebrates ‘Europe Day’ FIFTH consecutive poll puts Britain on course for Brexit

A POLL showed the UK on course for Brexit for the FIFTH consecutive week as the EU celebrated ‘Europe Day’.

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A new poll put Britain on course for Brexit as the EU celebrated ‘Europe Day’

On Monday an ICM survey put ‘Leave’ regaining a two point lead over ‘Remain’ by 46 per cent to 44 per cent.

And despite David Cameron last week dragging another world leader into the EU referendum debate, Britons appear to have ignored Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s warning over Brexit.

The ICM poll showed a one per cent rise in support for Leave compared to the previous week.

Of the more than 2,000 people asked, 11 per cent said they still don’t know which way they will vote at the EU referendum on June 23.

But when undecideds are removed from the poll results, Brexit is favoured by 51 per cent to 49 per cent wanting the UK to remain in the EU.

Jennifer Bottomley, from ICM, said: “With six weeks left until polling day, this week marks the fifth consecutive poll in our weekly series to put the Leave side slightly ahead, with a 51per cent vs 49 per cent split on the referendum question.

“However, it’s worth noting that a large part of this reflects our introduction of turnout weighting at the beginning of April – which suggests that those campaigning to Remain need to focus not only on the debate itself, but also on ensuring that their supporters actually come out to vote on referendum day.”

A separate ‘poll of polls’ from the ‘What The UK Thinks’ group – which also includes online surveys from other pollsters ORB, Opinium and YouGov – put the EU referendum at 50-50 between Leave and Remain.

Despite Britain’s EU membership remaining on a knife-edge, the eurozone facing fresh woe over its debt crisis and Brussels ongoing efforts to deal with the migration crisis, EU bosses pushed ahead with their annual celebration of European political integration.

More than 160 events were organised to celebrate Europe Day by Brussels officials on Monday, with many EU staff given the day off.

In a statement marking the day, European Council president Donald Tusk admitted the EU currently faces “a time of crisis and hard decisions” but stressed he was focussed on maintaining “the Union’s major achievements – Schengen, the eurozone and the single market – during a period of instability”.

Commenting on the ICM poll, Ukip’s deputy leader Paul Nuttall said: “Despite the eurozone debt crisis and migration crisis top eurocrats have decided their time is best spent celebrating Europe Day today.

“You might think they are burying their heads in the sand.

“And although EU flags are flying outside the House of Commons in Parliament Square today, British voters appear ever more set on choosing Brexit on June 23.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/668624/EU-referendum-ICM-poll-UK-on-course-for-Brexit-Europe-Day

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