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Backed by John McDonnell and Hilary Benn, the former Chancellor will give a speech in Leicester this afternoon calling on Brits to lead Europe, not leave it.
He’s helped by Tory Treasury Committee chairman Andrew Tyrie, who announces today he’s backing Remain despite attacking misinformation on both sides.
We’ve tried to bust that misinformation with a new blockbuster guide to all the biggest arguments from both sides of the EU debate.
But there could be a blow from a Migration Watch report that claims net migration will stay at 250,000 for two decades if Britain stays in the EU.
See the TV debate schedule here, track the polls here and check how your MP is voting here . Follow all today’s action below.Tory MP Jacob Rees Mogg says it’d be “wicked” to deport grandee Nigel Lawson back to Britain after he led the Brexit campaign from his home in the south of France.
Lord Lawson has bizarrely been co-ordinating Leave campaigners from his sumptuous base in the French countryside.
But Mr Rees Mogg says it’d be just as wrong to deport him as EU migrants already in Britain because he went there legally.
“Rights that people have while the treaties are in force are maintained after the treaties are abandoned,” he told LBC radio.
“Nobody in their right mind would even suggest they would be expected to leave.
“I’ve always thought deportation of legal migrants would be a wicked policy.”Top Tory MP Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the Commons Treasury Select Committee, is making the case for why he’s voting Remain.
The speech is happening a stone’s throw from Westminster at the Centre for Policy Studies think tank.
Unfortunately it doesn’t seem everyone got the message…Tory Brexiter Jacob Rees Mogg is on LBC radio, where he’s claiming the Tory party CAN heal its wounds after the referendum.
“There’s so much conservatives agree about – the basic philosophy of conservatism and wanting to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of Number 10,” he says.
“I can see us coming back together fairly soon though I expect some people will be feeling more bruised than others.”
He says David Cameron SHOULD stay as Prime Minister if there is a Leave vote on June 23.
“It’s quite important he stays in the event of Brexit because the first thing we need to do is have a big diplomatic push with our friends in Europe,” he says.Nearly a quarter of Labour voters (24%) want to leave the EU, according to a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times.
We’ve just been handed detailed figures from yesterday’s survey which show 65% of people who backed Ed Miliband last year will vote to remain on June 23.
It’s a small boost for Labour, which is relaunching its campaign today amid reports voters are fleeing for the Brexit.
There’s a headache for David Cameron though. Just 30% of Tory voters back a Remain vote and 59% back Leave.
In all 43% of voters backed Leave and 42% backed Remain in the poll.
You can view the full data here.
Is there growing panic at the prospect we may vote for Brexit?
Two key indicators would suggest so.
The pound tumbled by 0.9% this morning as investors took fright following two polls showing Leave ahead.
And the betting market is also spooked.
Bookmakers William Hill has halved its odds on a Brexit result from 9/2 (an 18% chance) to 7/4 (36% chance).
Hill’s have also increased the odds on Remain from 1/7 (87.5% chance) to 4/9 (69% chance) – the longest since the referendum date was announced.
Remember Nigel Farage at the weekend said “so what?” when asked about the impact on sterling should the UK vote out.Hilary Benn opens his speech in London by paying tribute to the victims of the “murderous hate” at the Pulse nightclub massacre.
He said: “The best thing we can do as we comfort the bereaved is to stand up for our values and our way of life, and shoulder to shoulder with each other in solidarity, because being together makes us safer and stronger.”
Turning to the referendum campaign, he insisted “our great country – our astonishing country – is one of the most successful in human history”.The stage is set for the first speech of Labour’s EU fightback week.
Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn is due on in a few minutes where he will outline the patriotic case for staying in the 28-nation bloc.
I must say, the industrial lights used to illuminate the platform are the brightest and warmest I have experienced for a while.
I’m expecting mild sun burn on the back of my neck.Gordon Brown has spoken out in the wake of the Orlando shootings by saying the EU helps prevent terror attacks.
Labour’s former Prime Minister made the argument on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme ahead of a major speech later.
Calling for Britain to ‘lead Europe not leave it’, he said: “Let’s lead also when it comes to co-ordinated action against terrorism.
“We are dealing with cross-border terrorism. We need cross-border co-operation.”
The comments were pointed just a day after 50 people were gunned down at Florida gay nightclub Pulse in the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
Mr Brown was also pressed on immigration after insisting fewer than 35,000 people a year had come to Britain from Romania and Bulgaria.
Faced with Migration Watch’s claim net migration will be 250,000, he refused to make a prediction himself.
He said: “Anyone can give figures 20 years from now. You have got to look at the real world.”The world’s focus is rightly on Orlando but the EU referendum is just 10 days away.
Here are the top stories on the EU referendum campaign trail this morning.
Tory watchdog Andrew Tyrie backs Remain: The Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee has backed the Remain camp in a major coup for David Cameron. It’s Mr Tyrie’s group of MPs who slammed dodgy claims from both sides of the argument and his staff previously told the Mirror he’d be remaining on the fence. But he came out today in The Times, writing: “Perhaps the leavers have the simplest points. But the remainers have the better of the arguments. My vote will be to remain.”
Donald Tusk warn Britain faces 7 years of limbo after Brexit: The European Council chief said even after the 2-year negotiation period is over there will be problems for Britain. He told German newspaper Bild: “Every single one of the 27 member states as well as the European parliament would have to approve the overall result. That would take at least five years, and I’m afraid, without any guarantee of success.”
‘5 million more migrants in 20 years’: The Migration Watch think tank today claims net migration will remain at around 250,000 a year until 2036 if Britain stays in the EU, adding fuel to the fire for Leave campaigners. Its paper estimates “total net migration of between 205,000 and 320,000 per year for the next 20 years or so.”
10am – Hilary Benn speech in Westminster: The Shadow Foreign Secretary will kick off a Labour In push saying: “We have now reached the defining moment in this referendum. The Brexit train is threatening to pull away from the station with Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove in charge, taking us down a track that can only lead to disaster. It would make us poorer, less powerful and it would hurt the next generation as they try to prosper in tomorrow’s world. That’s why it is so important that we make the patriotic case for remaining in the EU and keeping Britain great.”
11am – Tory Chancellor George Osborne gives a speech at International Festival for Business in Liverpool
1pm – Boris Johnson appears on the Vote Leave campaign trail.
3pm – Gordon Brown speech in Leicester: The former Labour Chancellor and Prime Minister will say: “Voting to Remain is about a positive, stronger future. It is stronger for jobs, for rights at work and maintaining a British voice on the world stage. But we shouldn’t just be a member of the EU. We must be the leader.