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June 20, 2016 11:49 AM In the shadow of a murder, Britain to vote on EU membership

LONDON Britons will shape the future of the United Kingdom and Europe on Thursday when they decide whether to stay in the European Union following a campaign that has shown the potency of anti-establishment feeling in the West. The vote comes a week after the murder of a lawmaker in the street left many voters wondering whether the campaign rhetoric 41

June 20, 2016 9:00 AM What Is ‘Brexit’? An Answer to This and Other Important Questions

“It can’t close its borders in the way that it wants,” he said. “It can’t have the economic policies it chooses.” What is most striking about the “Remain” campaign is what it has not done: countered the arguments for leaving. Rather than defending the European Union or immigration as good for Britain, the campaign warns that leaving would be disastrous 89

June 20, 2016 8:52 AM Could British exit from EU be watershed for global economy?

FRANKFURT, Germany — A British exit from the European Union could cause global market swings for a while. But that would soon pass. Much darker scenarios for the global economy are also being discussed by economists as they try to gauge the risks of Thursday’s referendum for the wider world. While economists say a British exit from the EU — or Brexit 52

June 20, 2016 6:01 AM Italy PM Renzi suffers vote setback as 5-Star makes breakthrough

ROME Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was trounced by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in local elections in Rome and Turin on Sunday, clouding his chances of winning a do-or-die referendum in October. The result represented a major breakthrough for 5-Star, which feeds off popular anger over widespread corruption, with the party's Virginia Raggi 41

June 20, 2016 2:56 AM EU referendum: Immigration target 'impossible' in EU, Vote Leave says

David Cameron's "impossible" pledge to reduce net migration to below 100,000 must be abandoned if he wins the referendum, Vote Leave has said. Gisela Stuart, who chairs the group, said promising to control numbers and then failing to do so was "corrosive" of public trust in politicians. Voting Leave on Thursday is the only way to "take back control" 38

June 20, 2016 1:17 AM Italy elections: Big wins for Five Star protest party

The anti-establishment Five Star Movement has made big gains in Italy, winning mayoral races in Rome and Turin, early results show. Virginia Raggi will become Rome's first female leader, in a victory seen as a blow to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his centre-left Democratic Party (PD). The results could give anti-globalist Five Star a platform for parliamentary 71

June 19, 2016 2:38 PM After the EU referendum: What happens next?

Thursday will be an historic day with long-term implications, whether Britain votes to leave the EU or remain in it. Here is what is likely to happen next. Unless the result is on a knife-edge, we are likely to know by dawn on Friday 24 June whether the UK has voted in or out. The first thing to stress is that if Britain votes to leave it will not happen 70

June 19, 2016 2:27 PM Brexit Campaigning Resumes After Hiatus

Leave, Remain camps pick up efforts to convince voters ahead of Thursday’s referendum LONDON—Campaigning resumed Sunday ahead of the U.K.’s referendum on continued European Union membership after being suspended since the killing of British lawmaker Jo Cox, as the latest opinion polls suggested a late swing in favor of remaining in the bloc. Following 20

June 19, 2016 11:08 AM After Brexit: Roadmap for a leap in the dark

BRUSSELS Dawn, next Friday. The votes are in. The British have spoken in their EU membership referendum and they want out. It is a scenario European leaders are planning for in earnest while praying it never happens. Secret meetings in Brussels and across Europe reveal huge uncertainty, officials and diplomats familiar with the proceedings say, over what would 82

June 19, 2016 10:53 AM Petition to have Brexit referendum cancelled gathers momentum

The Independent today reporting on a petition to have the EU referendum cancelled 19 June 2016 Parliament is currently in recess though until after the referendum so that MPs can campaign for their preferred side so a debate is highly unlikely to take place. The petitioners argue that Britain is a parliamentary democracy and that parliament, rather than a national 47