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Britain gets the Brexit jitters

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 01:35

House prices are down, but construction up: as politicians on both sides of the debate slug it out, the UK's latest data telltales point to the growing sense of uncertainty around its upcoming EU vote. Hayley Platt reports.

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It was a fierce Brexit debate, even bitter at times. Immigration in particular the issue that got voters to sit up and listen. SOUNDBITE (English), UK SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENERGY, AMBER RUDD, SAYING: " There isn't a silver bullet. And I know that's what Boris and his team would like to have but you need to look at the numbers, although I fear the only number that Boris is interested in is the one that says No.10." Number Ten Downing Street, that is. The UK prime minister's residence that former London mayor Boris Johnson is thought to covet. For the Leave campaign he spearheads, a Brexit, too, is something desirable. SOUNDBITE (English), London Mayor, Boris Johnson, saying: "And to the prophets of doom, I say they were wrong in the past and they are wrong today." With less than two weeks to go until the referendum vote ... Investors are getting more jittery over how it will play into the economy. One survey showing UK house prices set to fall for the first time in 4 years. In contrast Britain's construction in April was better than expected. The latest opinion polls are equally divided but very close. Putting both at around 42/43 percent. (SOUNDBITE)(English) OANDA MARKET ANALYST CRAIG ERLAM SAYING: "If it looks like the real possibility of a vote to leave or if we do see a vote to leave from June 23 I think we could see some very very volatile markets." The split was much wider on Twitter. With twice as many talking about Britain leaving the EU as those talking about staying. That not necessarily an indication of voter intentions though - and betting shops put the chance of a win for the INS at 78 per cent.

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Britain gets the Brexit jitters

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 01:35