Date
17 October 2017
David Cameron speaks at a "Britain Stronger in Europe" rally in Birmingham on Wednesday ahead of the Brexit referendum. Photo: Reuters
David Cameron speaks at a "Britain Stronger in Europe" rally in Birmingham on Wednesday ahead of the Brexit referendum. Photo: Reuters

Rival EU camps make final pitches on eve of UK referendum

Rivals camps in UK’s Brexit referendum made final pitches to voters on Wednesday on the eve of a defining referendum on the nation’s European Union membership.

“Quitting Europe is a risk to your family’s future because a vote to leave on Thursday means there is no going back on Friday,” Prime Minister David Cameron said, calling on people to support the Remain camp in the June 23 vote.

Addressing a crowd in Bristol, Cameron warned that Britain will be diminished if it exits the EU, Reuters reported.

Standing alongside him, former Prime Minister John Major said that if the Leave camp wins, “the gravediggers of our prosperity will have to account for what they have said and done”.

Opinion polls have depicted a deeply divided nation, with big differences between pro-EU London and Scotland and eurosceptic Middle England.

Latest polls released Wednesday suggested that the outcome is still too close to call.

Pollsters said turnout figures and any late swing among the substantial number of undecided voters could have a bearing the final result.

Former London mayor Boris Johnson, the main leader of the Leave camp, flew around Britain in a helicopter to spread the Brexit message, declaring that Thursday could be “independence day”.

“It’s our last chance to sort this out and take back control,” he said.

The leader of the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, also played the nationalist card in an address to supporters in London.

“At the end of the day…when people vote they must make a decision – which flag is theirs? I want us to live under British passports and under the British flag,” he said.

The referendum is taking place a week after the murder of pro-EU lawmaker Jo Cox shocked Britain, raising questions about the tone of an increasingly bitter four-month campaign.

Much of the debate has boiled down to two issues: the economy and immigration.

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