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Fiery debate before Britain's EU referendum

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 01:51

Politicians campaigning for Britain to leave or remain in the EU clash in a televised debate ahead of the vote on June 23rd. Yiming Woo reports.

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On the left, the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, and on the right, the campaign to stay. On Tuesday night, politicians clashed ahead of the historic referendum on June 23rd. Conservative MP Boris Johnson is leading the so-called "Brexit" campaign. He and Scottish conservative leader Ruth Davidson fought over the implications of leaving the EU. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVE LEADER, RUTH DAVIDSON, SAYING: "Boris Johnson asks, said: 'Will there be job losses? There might and there might not.' That's not good enough. That's not good enough." (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEADER OF LEAVE CAMPAIGN AND FORMER MAYOR OF LONDON, BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "It hasn't taken them long. They began by telling us that they were going to have a positive and patriotic case, and they're back to project fear within moments of this debate beginning. (DAVIDSON SAYING: 'Wanting to protect British workers is positive.') There they go again, they have nothing positive to say." Johnson also came under fire from London mayor Sadiq Khan for telling lies about immigration. The "Leave" campaign says the government is powerless to control the number of people coming to Britain because of EU rules. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAYOR OF LONDON, SADIQ KHAN, SAYING: "You're scaring people to vote to leave the EU because I tell you this - you're telling lies. Turkey is not set to join the EU. Turkey is not set to join the EU. Boris, you're telling lies and you're scaring people because you've used taxpayers' money to put out an election leaflet that says "Turkey's set to join", and there's a map. There's a map, and this map shows in red Turkey, but the only countries name in this map are Syria and Iraq. That's scaremongering, Boris, and you should be ashamed." A record 46.5 million people are set to vote. Polls say public opinion's so divided that the outcome of the referendum is too close to call.

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Fiery debate before Britain's EU referendum

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 01:51