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Lacklustre start to UK Brexit campaign

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 01:31

It's been one of the loudest issues on the British political agenda, yet the first day of campaigning ahead of the Brexit referendum in June was rather quiet. Laua Frykberg reports.

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It wasn't the most dramatic sign the Brexit campaign had kicked off. But the Leave camp still has ten weeks to quicken the pulse of voters. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-CHAIR OF VOTE LEAVE GISELA STUART MP: 'The NHS is under tremendous pressure, people have to wait longer, whether it is for treatment or for A and E, and I think 350 million would be better spent on the NHS.' At the opposite end of the campaign, things didn't look that much more exciting. The case to stay was made by former UK Chancellor Alistair Darling. A man who knows all too well about fighting for the status quo, he led the successful campaign for Scotland to stay in the UK. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, ALISTAIR DARLING SAYING: 'If we choose to remain we will retain our ability to shape international cooperation over development, human rights, intelligence sharing and security, climate change, global economy and peace keeping. The behaviour of multinational companies and retaining people's rights.' A chorus of similar comments have come this week. The Bank of England said a Brexit would send sterling tumbling and hurt the economy. An analysis also shared by the IMF. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IMF CHIEF, CHRISTINE LAGARDE SAYING: 'The risk of exit of the United Kingdom is a serious concern.' Damage done by a pro-EU leaflet from the government was more of a concern for UK Independence party leader, Nigel Farage. The vocal Brexit supporter personally delivered an angry letter about it, to Downing Street. It's not clear whether Prime Minister David Cameron actually received it.

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Lacklustre start to UK Brexit campaign

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 01:31