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UK 'Leave EU' camp welcomes early result

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 00:52

One of first official results of the UK referendum on whether to leave the European Union shows an early victory for the 'Leave' camp.

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION The city of Sunderland in north eastern England voted more strongly than expected to leave the European Union in Thursday's membership referendum. According to official results, 61.3 percent of voters in Sunderland backed leaving the bloc, above the 56.5 percent predicted by J.P. Morgan in analysis published before the vote. Sunderland, one of the first few results to declare, has a large number of older, lower income voters who polls show are more likely to back so-called "Brexit". If the 'Leave' campaign had not been strongly ahead here, it could have indicated it would struggle to break through in areas less favourable to Britain's exit from the EU. The outcome was welcomed by Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-EU UK Independence Party. The implied probability of a British vote to leave the European Union is 63 percent, according to odds provided by the Betfair Internet betting exchange. According to Reuters calculations after 41 declarations, plus partial Northern Irish results from the BBC, 52.7 percent of Britons have backed a leave vote and 47.3 percent remain in Thursday's EU membership referendum.

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UK 'Leave EU' camp welcomes early result

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 00:52