Brexit Referendum 2016: Amid Tight Polls, Here’s Who Wants To Stay, Who Wants To Leave Among Top Celebs, Politicians
The following is an excerpt from Jess McHugh | June 6, 2016 | ibtimes.com |
Fiery debate over the U.K. leaving the European Union has breached the boundaries of the British Isles, drawing actors, statesmen, scientists and business leaders from throughout the world into the fray. Celebrities and ordinary citizens alike have increasingly depicted the June 23 referendum vote as a battle for the soul of Europe, asking whether the union of nation-states will grow ever closer or more fragmented.
While U.K. voters might not decide their vote based on the opinion of a single politician or business tycoon, recent polling has painted a picture of a divided nation, with the results of the so-called Brexit vote set to be extremely tight. The margin between the two camps has steadily narrowed since September. As of June 5, 45 percent of those surveyed supporting the “Stay” side and 43 percent supporting “Leave,” according to the Financial Times polling tracker, which takes the average of recently available survey data. The remaining 12 percent of undecided voters will likely play an important role in the referendum by effectively swaying the race one way or the other.
Prime Minister David Cameron promised the British people he would hold a referendum on EU membership when he campaigned to keep his job in the general election in May 2015. The Brits have long been somewhat reluctant members of the 28-country bloc, frequently opting out of EU-wide initiatives such as a quota on accepting refugees. Residents throughout member states have increasingly criticized the EU throughout the past several years, as multiple crises – including an influx of refugees, the threat of domestic terror and ongoing recovery from a continentwide economic downturn – have continued to plague Europe.
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