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G7 warn on global Brexit risks

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 01:13

G7 leaders warn a British exit from the European Union would be a serious risk to global economic growth, even though the issue wasn't formally discussed. Jacob Greaves reports.

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It's the kind of warning he was looking for. A declaration from G7 leaders leaders that leaving the EU would be a serious risk to global economic growth. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UK PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON SAYING: "The comunique is very clear on the economic dangers and risks." The UK Prime Minister, though, forced to admit the referendum wasn't formally discussed. German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying Brexit was "no subject here." In fact in the 32 page post summit press release, it got just one paragraph. UK journalists didn't let him off the hook. Cameron having to bat off accusations that he's a closet Brexiteer. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UK PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON SAYING: "I'm not really a closet anything, I pretty much had the same view on Europe ever since I got involved in active politics." Leaving the summit communique in hand, Cameron willl hope he's returning with more ammunition for the Remain camp. But as Reuters' Liz Piper notes from the UK, those wanting to leave already have a tested response (SOUNDBITE)(English) REUTERS REPORTER LIZ PIPER SAYING: "I think they will play at why should we listen to foreign leaders, we want our country to be the best it can possibly be and that might be why Cameron has played down Brexit at this G7 meeting , not wanting to give more fuel to the fire that Britain shouldn't be lectured by foreign leaders." And at this point every speech and statement seems increasingly important. With under a month till voting day, nobody knows the exact lie of the land. Telephone polls suggest the 'In' camp are comfortably ahead. But those conducted online show a tight race that Out might edge.

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G7 warn on global Brexit risks

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 01:13