Britain's "Leave" campaign opened up a 7-point lead over "Remain" ahead of a referendum on membership of the European Union an opinion poll showed late Monday, while the nation's biggest-selling newspaper urged readers to vote to quit the bloc.
The result of the June 23 referendum will have far-reaching consequences for politics, the economy, defense, migration and diplomacy in Britain and elsewhere.
Recent polls are suggesting that momentum has swung towards the "Leave" camp, or a so called Brexit, unsettling investors. "Leave" in recent days has focused its campaign on the issue of immigration.
According to the YouGov poll for The Times, "Leave" held 46 percent support compared with 39 percent support for "Remain." Undecided voters were 11 percent, while 4 percent won't vote.
Nigel Farage was branded 'fundamentally racist' today after he unveiled a Brexit poster showing thousands of male refugees flooding into Europe.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said his latest poster is 'disgusting' while Tory Treasury minister Harriet Baldwin hit out at the Ukip leader for 'vile xenophobia'.
MPs from all main Westminster parties hit out at the ad minutes after it was unveiled by Mr Farage in Westminster this morning. The poster uses a picture of Syrian refugees being escorted along the Slovenian border during the migrant crisis last October and tells voters the EU is at 'breaking point, adding: 'The EU has failed us all. We must break free of the EU and take control of our borders.'
British support for remaining in the European Union has weakened in the wake of the murder of the pro-EU politician Jo Cox, according to an online research company Friday.
Qriously, a London-based technology start-up that gathers data and intelligence about consumers through mobile phone apps, found that backing among likely voters for Britain's EU membership has dropped to 32% from 40% before her death.
The poll was based on 1,992 British adults surveyed on June 13-16, and then 1,002 on June 17 — the day after Cox was shot and killed in northern England. The start-up claims to have held the first such survey on the topic since the lawmaker's slaying. Most of Qriously’s surveys are done for corporate brands and it has not been previously conducted an EU referendum poll.
Mrs Cox has been campaigning for Remain in the EU referendum campaign which has now been suspended. Labour MP Jo Cox has been shot and stabbed to death in an attack reportedly carried out by a man shouting 'Britain First'. The Britain First party issued a statement denying it had any involvement saying: "An attack on an MP is an attack on British diplomacy - MPs are sacrosanct." West Yorkshire Police said a 52-year-old man has been arrested.
The controversial group, which has been criticised in the past as racist, gave its full response before the MP's death was confirmed on its website.
West Yorkshire Police have now announced that the MP died of her injuries. Her time of death was given as 1.48pm, shortly after the attack at 1pm.
It read: "A single eyewitness also claimed (unconfirmed) that the assailant 'apparently' shouted 'Britain First' during the attack, but this is pure hearsay at the moment.
"There is lots of use of words such as 'apparently' and 'allegedly'. That hasn’t stopped the media publishing multiple articles condemning Britain First for somehow being involved. Britain First obviously is NOT involved and would never encourage behaviour of this sort. As an MP and and a mother, we pray that Jo Cox makes a full recovery."
Locals have named and identified 'loner' Tommy Mair as the 53-year-old man who has been arrested by police in connection with the attack
A 53-year-old - named locally as 'loner' Tommy Mair from Birstall - has been arrested by police and his house is currently being searched by forensics. Police said a have-a-go hero, a 77-year-old local man, suffered a stab wound to his stomach but is expected to make a full recovery.
Today, the BBC‘s EU referendum poll tracker suggests remain is leading by three points at 45 per cent to 42 per cent. However, it was only a week ago that an ICM poll saw team Leave charging ahead by six points.
The two latest polls – conducted for Good Morning Britain and Sunday Times – show a similar pattern to the Scottish referendum in 2014, which saw a last minute shift back to the status quo.
In the Sunday Times, 33% of people believe they would be worse off if Britain exit the EU – this is up from 23% just a fortnight ago. Some believe the swing could have been influenced by the tragic death of Labour MP Jo Cox on Thursday.