As Brexit Battle Enters Final Week, New Poll Shows Shift Towards Leaving EU
A week ahead of the so-called Brexit referendum, new polling shows the British public now leaning in favor of leaving the European Union.
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The results of the Ipsos MORI poll published Thursday in the Evening Standard show 53 percent now in favor of leaving the EU and 47 percent in favor of remaining.
“It is the first time since [Prime Minister] David Cameron pledged the referendum in January 2013 that Vote Leave have come out ahead in the respected monthly Ipsos MORI telephone survey,” the paper reports. Reuters also notes that the results mark a surge from an Ipsos MORI survey just last month that found just 37 percent in favor of leaving.
The Independent adds that the new poll “follows surveys in the past week from ORB, ICM, and YouGov which also show the Leave campaign opening up a margin over Remain.”
The official Leave and Remain campaigns were suspended on Thursday after Labour Party MP Jo Cox died from an attack in her district of Batley and Spen. It is unclear at this point if the stabbing and shooting of the 41-year-old mother of two and Remain supporter was politically motivated.
The Guardian‘s editorial board writes, though, that the attack was “in a very real sense, an attack on democracy,” adding, “This was no random event, and the police are investigating reports that the assailant yelled ‘Britain First’ during the attack.” They continue:
Indeed, as Foreign Policy In Focus columnist Conn Hallinan wrote, “The awkwardly named “Brexit” has stirred up a witches’ brew of xenophobia, racism, and nationalism.”
Explaining support for each side, Hallinan added:
Another member of the left on the Remain side is Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, who wrote that
Among those joining the late Cox and Dearden on the Remain side are Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Greek former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who joined forces to create the Another Europe Is Possible campaign, which argues: “We don’t believe a British exit from the EU offers a path towards the social, citizen-led Europe we so urgently need. That’s why we are saying ‘stay in Europe to change Europe.'”
Varoufakis has written “that a democratic, prosperous Britain can only be won in the context of a pan-European struggle to democratise the EU.” He added:
Issues facing the UK will remain long after the June 23 vote. As Guardian columnist Gary Younge put it recently,
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