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'Out' camps edges ahead in Brexit battle

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 01:30

The 'Out' camp appears to be edging ahead in Britain's Brexit battle, as manufacturers and labour unions make new warnings about what could happen to jobs and wages if the UK leaves the EU. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Feelings running high in Britain's EU referendum battle... Pro and anti immigration protesters clashing in Northampton. Now the latest polls suggest worries over migration are pushing Britons to favour exit from the EU. The OUT camp ahead by as much as three points. They're calling for the country to adopt an Australian style points system for immigration. Meanwhile the IN campaign continues to play on the economic risks of an exit. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IG SENIOR ANALYST, CHRIS BEAUCHAMP, SAYING: "I think we are seeing a UK economy that is in pause mode at best really. Brexit polls come through thick and fast and yesterdays numbers really putting the leave camp slightly ahead really does sort of underline that point that most people in the UK when faced with a ticking timetable here will opt to sit on their hands to await developments and just leave off business investment until a better time." The chief executives of Airbus and Siemens' UK units on Wednesday expected to say leaving the EU could cost jobs. Labour unions on the same side as the bosses on this occasion. A new report from the Trades Union Congress warning about the impact on wages. It says the average worker will be 38 pounds a week worse off by 2030 in the event of Brexit. Now the result of the June 23 referendum may rest on what worries voters most - the economy, or immigration.

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'Out' camps edges ahead in Brexit battle

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 01:30