Brexit polls tight on eve of referendum

"I thought I needed to start showing a bit of passion... this is the most outspoken I've been politically". Key chairman open to censuring IRS chief MORE (D-Va.) said of Great Britain's possible departure. A national referendum on Thursday, June 23, will dictate.

The debate has roiled the United Kingdom for months and could torpedo Prime Minister David Cameron's leadership if voters reject the global coalition.

The path to a second referendum in Britain is far narrower, in part because - unlike in Ireland - the political establishment is split over Europe.

The stakes are high as the vote is final - unlike an election in which the results can be reversed in the next term. President Xi Jinping reportedly indicated to Cameron during a state visit to the United Kingdom in October that China would prefer Britain to remain in the EU. Now, the country is holding historic referendum that will determine its fate.

The most notable figure in the Leave camp, the member of parliament and former London mayor Boris Johnson, made a whirlwind helicopter tour of England in support of the Brexit campaign.

"If we don't vote to leave tomorrow we will remain locked in the back of the vehicle, driven in an uncertain direction, frankly, to a place we don't want to go and perhaps by a driver who doesn't speak the very best of English", said Johnson, a leading candidate to replace Cameron as prime minister. Worries in the European Union that a Brexit could lead to less certainty with security agreements such as NATO have been echoed at least one top military official across the Atlantic.

Worldwide banks have warned that the value of the pound could fall dramatically if Britain votes to leave the European Union and traders expect markets to be more volatile than at any time since the 2008-09 financial crisis. The USA and European leaders alike are lined up calling for Britons to "stay". There are also voices that feel that those procedures would continue and that the Interpol's database is larger than that of the Europol's.

The heated debate across the Atlantic has left USA policymakers in an awkward spot.

He said if they left, we'd need to protect the free trade negotiations underway with the European Union, but also open up direct channels to Britain. "It is quite clear that the people who have committed themselves to leave will crawl across glass to get to the polling stations and on the Remain side it's much more, 'Why are we doing this?" "The U.K. would not be able to negotiate something with the United States faster than the European Union".

"The president felt it was important to share his view given the special relationship between our two countries", he told reporters.

European Union leaders unanimously urge Britain to stay but are debating whether the right Brexit response would be closer integration or a rethink of the way Europe is governed.

Bloomberg reported earlier remarks by Li, in which he said he did not believe Britain would vote to leave, but if it did, he would consider reducing his investment there.

A YouGov online poll of 3,766 adults showed "Remain" on the 51 percent and "Leave" on 49 percent, after weighting responses for likely turnout and excluding those who did not know how they were likely to vote. The EU issue has divided his Conservative Party since the days of his distant predecessor Margaret Thatcher, bringing an end to her decade in office in 1990.

  • Neal Todd