Friday, 24 June 2016

The Latest: Australian leader urges Britain to stay in EU

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's referendum on whether to leave the European Union (all times local):12:15 a.m.The "remain" side has scored only a narrow victory in the large northern English city of Newcastle.Official figures show that 50.7 percent of voters in Newcastle backed U.K. membership in the European Union and 49.3 percent wanted to leave.The odds of a "remain" victory fell from almost 90 percent to 72 percent on the Betfair exchange, and the pound — which had soared after polls suggested a "remain" victory — fell by 1.5 cents against the dollar to $1.4830.University of Strathclyde political scientist John Curtice told the BBC "it may be possible that the experts are going to have egg on their face later on tonight. It may be the first sign that the 'remain' side are not going to do as well as those early polls suggested."___12:05 a.m. FridayThe vote counting in the northern England area of Leeds and neighboring Kirklees was briefly abandoned for a min

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