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Britain's rival EU camps resume campaign as polls show momentum for 'In' | Reuters

Campaigning for Britain's vote on EU membership resumed on Sunday after a three-day hiatus prompted by the killing of a pro-EU lawmaker, but pledges of a more respectful tone were quickly tested by a fresh row over immigration.

Three opinion polls ahead of Thursday's vote showed the 'Remain' camp recovering some momentum although the overall picture remained one of an evenly split electorate.

The murder of Jo Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two young children, shocked Britain, raised questions about the tone of campaigning and could yet prove a defining moment in what is Britain's biggest political decision for decades.

Both sides sought to adopt a more measured style on Sunday, paying their respects to Cox but sticking closely to the immigration versus economy debate that has defined the campaign.

"I hope, because of the tragic death of Jo, we can have a less divisive political debate in our country," finance minister George Osborne, a leading conservative 'Remain' campaigner, told ITV's Peston on Sunday show.

by Bernard on Sun Jun 19th, 2016 at 03:26:41 PM EST
The polls are all over the place. They simply don't have a model for doing it properly and so are effectively sticking a wet finger in the air.

Anyone who tells you what's going to happen is guessing. But, given that it's quite likely to be a close vote, I doubt anything will really be settled. the post-referendum politics will be a lot more interesting, but hopefully more civilised, than that which preceded it.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 19th, 2016 at 04:02:20 PM EST
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Nope. The civilised will make a point of civilised and treating their opponents respectfully. The swill-eyed nationalist xenophobic racists won't be the slightest bit concerned. Net effect is to make the civilised unwilling to tackle the loonies robustly and the loonies aren't properly challenged. See "civility" in the US.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 20th, 2016 at 04:58:48 AM EST
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I think Warsi's defection is possibly a bellwether. She could, I suppose, be having a crisis of conscience, but it seems at least as likely that she's decided that Boris isn't going to have ministerial positions to hand out post-referendum.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 20th, 2016 at 05:37:32 AM EST
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