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This is BBC World News Today with me, Philippa Thomas.
The bitterly divisive referendum campaign over the UK's future
Political leaders are in the final hours of their nationwide tours,
seeking to woo the undecided and ensure their loyal supporters go
On that ballot paper is British jobs, British families, the finances
of people in our country, the strength of our country and that is
why we must vote Remain tomorrow. If you think the European Union is
going in the wrong direction and fundamentally different from what he
signed up for in 1972, which it is, then you should vote Leave and take
back control tomorrow. And here in Kent in the South East, there are
two at Euro contests preoccupying people. The football has just
finished, so now they can concentrate on which way they will
vote tomorrow. In minutes silence was held at square here in London
for Jo Cox were 34 husband paid tribute. We try to remember not how
cruelly she was taken from us, but how unbelievably lucky we were to
have her in our lives for so long. And rain, mud and wellingtons. It
can only be Glastonbury, the world's biggest rock festival gets often
that another -- to yet another challenging start.
It's the final big campaign push on the eve of an historic vote:
Will the UK stay or leave the European Union?
On Thursday, British voters get a deciding voice for the first time
since the original referendum back in 1975.
Public sentiment is frankly very hard for the pollsters to measure,
but we THINK it's very close, and that's led to a real burst
of energy over the last 24 hours, as those leading
the campaigns to Remain or get Out make their appeals across England,
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Two Prime Ministers for the price of one.
David Cameron was joined on
his whistle-stop tour by John Major, a man who knows all about
He once used colourful language to describe Eurosceptics
at Number Ten and his description of Leave campaigners
If they vote to Leave on the basis of half-truths and
misunderstandings, then pretty soon, the grave-diggers of our prosperity
will have some very serious questions to answer.
They will have to account for what they have said and done.
But that will be of no consolation, for we will be out.
Diminished as an influence on the world.
And yes, that is Labour's former deputy leader, Harriet Harman.
The current party leader will not share
a platform with one Conservative minister,
never mind two, but at his
own rally this afternoon, Jeremy Corbyn delivered a Remain
By voting to Remain, we can protect jobs
Millions of jobs across this country are dependent on exports and
We can defend workers' rights, which our Tory
leaders and leaders of the Exit campaign
think are unimportant and
want to scrap the regulations that protect so much.
If you didn't know already, a trip to Westminster would
tell you that we are on the verge of a momentous decision, perhaps the
biggest the country's taken in 40 years,
because over here, the world's press
is already lining up, waiting to report on the result of
the referendum and with the polls about opening less than 24 hours,
the two campaigns have two tasks, one is to motivate the core
supporters to go out and cast their ballots
tomorrow, the other is to
get through at the last minute to those who are yet to
Voters tend to think that both sides have made, well, rather
fishy claims about what might happen in the event of Brexit and see
Boris Johnson started his day in Billingsgate Market and then took to
the air, rather than the airwaves, to travel through eastern England
trying to convince voters that leaving the EU would not lead to
Lots of the people I've talked to and lots of
businesses I've talked to say you will see a huge improvement
if we get out from under the weight of the
Brussels machine and are able to set our taxes and laws in accordance
And when it comes to getting the Out vote out, the Ukip leader
will get those backing Brexit better motivated.
Vote with your heart, your soul, with pride in this
country and its people and together, can make tomorrow our Independence
Day, a big day in our national history.
Voters are not being given any time for quiet reflection.
The polls are too close
So let's get more on the mood among voters.
spent the day in the pub in Tunbridge Wells
Which side is looking more cheerful, Ros?
Which way would you put go if you were an island? I think it might go
the way of remainder, which is completely unscientific and is
interesting, because most people who know Tunbridge Wells better than in
say most people here are going to vote Leave, so I am not sure. But
what's been suggesting is to win is how many people are talking about
this and it has caught people's imagination. One of the things
that's been so fascinating about this campaign is it has revealed
fixture dimensions to the politics of our country. We've got people
from the same political party on either side and that applies to the
Lib Dems, the Conservatives and Labour as well. On top of that,
we've started to get a new understandings of the politics of
the generations and I want to show you this next report is to highlight
of this. I'm in Tunbridge Wells, another town in Kent is Margate, on
the coast and Howard Johnson has made a report that highlights how
understanding the generations helps us understand which way people will
go tomorrow. I am voting Leave and I've drawn at
some faceless bureaucrats pushing their laws on to England. The bigger
the organisation and the further away it is that makes our laws mean
is that they will not be specific to us and they will not be the best
laws for us. I want to vote to Remain, because like these boats, I
want to believe in travel and be European. If we don't vote Remain,
it will be a little England mentality for this country. I'm
voting to Leave, because Brussels that dictates what farmers and our
fishing industry can and can't produce and then produce stuff and
sell it back to us. I'm going to votes to Remain, because I think if
we leave it will weaken our economy and I've drawn a picture of Great
Britain with a sad face, because that is what I'm tried to get
across, that it will weaken our economy.
I'm voting to Remain, because of the European idea is important, but
Brussels has become a gravy train. The accountability needs to be
improved, my family came to Britain in the 1880s and it is important we
Remain. I'm talking to you from a Kent town
called Tunbridge Wells, about halfway from London and south
towards the coast, about 50 kilometres away. I'm joined by a
couple of people spending the evening here. There are definitely
doing something right because they have drinks and I just have a tablet
computer, which is not as exciting. How will you vote? I'm voting In,
because I believe in a printable of what Europe stands for and I think
countries should work together and we can only make Europe a better
from within. I'm interested by that phrase what Europe stands for. I
think we get lots of different and as if I asked everyone in this blog.
What do you mean by it? It's about collaboration, democracy, improving
rights for workers and actually, if you look at some of the changes that
a lot of the eastern European states have made in order to qualify for
Europe in a membership, I think there's been a massive force for
good in developing those countries and the fact that Britain can be
part of that and help those codgers developed and build a democratic
prosperous continents can only be a good thing, especially if you look
at the history of Europe in the last century. We are incredibly lucky to
have grown up in a time where there's been no war in Europe and
are not think if we vote Out tomorrow there will be war in
Europe, but I do think the language of the Out campaign has been a bit
inflammatory. Very worrying. She sounds very intelligent! I was a
proprietor of a business and I have always been independent and I just
don't like the idea of being ruled by these faceless presidents that I
haven't voted for, don't know who they are and I think that we are
British... But we take part in European elections. We do. I'm quite
happy for the economic joining, but not for the political. I want to
rule myself and vote the Government out if I don't approve and I don't
like the way it is heading. I think it will be a federal state and I
actually feel quite strongly that if we lost the war and Germany had one,
this is the way we would be now. With there are basically making all
the rules and regulations. I think it is a slippery slope argument and
I think people have different views about whether a federated Europe is
where it will end up, I don't know. I think voting Know now can only
make things worse for people in our country, so from an economic point
of view and I think it would allow too many negative views to win...
You both sound convinced, so I'm pretty sure the campaign will not
swear you one way or the other in the last few hours. Are you anxious
about what you will see when you turn on the news on a Friday
morning? No, I think we are a competitive nation, competition does
not hurt business and it is good for the population. Giving the process
is a positive one. Are you anxious, you sound positive? I am kind of
anxious, I'm not anxious... I think that will be fine on its own, I
don't think we'd have a catastrophe. I tell you what, I can see this
conversation will run for a little while and I know there is then used
to get into today's programme, so we will continue talking and I will let
Philip get on with telling the viewers what else you have on the
programme. Senior figures in Europe have been
delivering a final appeals to British voters. Jean-Claude Juncker
warned there can be no renegotiation after Thursday's referendum.
We concluded a deal with the Prime Minister.
He got the maximum he could receive and we gave the
maximum we could give, so there will be no kind
of negotiation on that, nor on the agreement
as far as any kind of negotiations are concerned.
But Boris Johnson was quick to give his reaction to those comments from
your's top official. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the
European Commission has really given the game away by saying that Britain
has had its negotiation, there is absolutely no prospect of any
further changes if we vote to stay In. And that confirms for me that
the only way to change our relationship with the European Union
is to vote Leave and take back control tomorrow. What about the
rest of the world which is now sitting up and watching this very
closely? We have correspondence in Paris and Washington. Francois
Hollow and has said a No vote could pose a serious risks to Britain's
access to the single market. And if we are talking business, that
matters. What strikes me is that it is the coordinated effort by the EU
that up until now the policy has been not to speak out for fear of
influence in the debate which may not be welcoming in Europe. The
French obviously wants Britain to stay in, it is very worried about a
Brexit and the contagion effect it would have on other nations and the
bee balancing of power in the side Europe. The French don't feel
comfortable about sitting at the table with just Germany. Britain has
always been a welcome and balancing factor in all of that. So what we
have is the president on the of the vote speaking just as Jean-Claude
Juncker has and saying to voters in Britain, don't be under any
illusions, if you are out, you are out. There will be no third way.
There will be no renegotiation of possible, there are risks about
access to the single market and therefore think carefully. It is a
calibrated response from the French and from Luxembourg, and they don't
want to wait in a too heavy, because that will play into the Brexit camp
and they want to remind British voters that it is not cost free.
Leaving Europe would mean, as things stand, leaving the access to the
free market. It is legitimately able to speculate whether never means
never, because so far in Europe never does not actually need never,
renegotiation is have always been possible in the past. Barbra, you
are in front of the White House. What is the official US position on
Brexit for Remain and people very interested? -- our people? It has
been covered by closely by the American media which is mostly
focused on the presidential election, but it has been watched
closely by the political and economic elite and there is concern
and the message is that they want Britain to Remain, you have a
message in a highly unusual intervention from President Obama
when he went to Britain. There were letters from the former Secretary of
State, the former secretary defends and Treasury urging a Remain vote
which is quite unusual. There is concern about financial and trade
implications, but the bigger concern is up about the EU being weakened,
that Brexit would weaken it and for America, it's one is a strong,
united Europe as a partner for cooperation on all sorts of
international issues and if it does not have that, the world becomes a
more complicated place for it. Thank you.
but it's been a bruising two months of campaigning.
Christian Fraser looks back at how the referendum
Just hours of the campaign are left to run.
Have you decided which box you are going to put a cross in
This is what it will look like when you get into
Both sides have worked tirelessly to convince you which box to choose.
Here is a brief reminder of the key moments in the campaign.
The 20th of February, David Cameron had returned
from his negotiations in Brussels with a deal that he said gave
A deal he hoped would convince the British people.
I believe Britain will be safer, stronger and better
But it wasn't enough to convince some of his closest allies.
His friend and confidante, Michael Gove.
His old Oxford adversary, Boris Johnson.
I would like to see a new relationship
based more on trade, on
But, as I say, with much less of the supranational element.
From the 15th of April, the official campaign began.
On the road for over nine weeks and five days, the two
sides would be touring the country, knocking on doors, pleading for
A third of the country was set to be still undecided.
A week into the campaign came President Obama's intervention.
Maybe at some point down the line there may be
a UK-US trade agreement, but it won't happen any time soon,
because our focus is negotiating with a big bloc, the
European Union, to get a trade agreement down.
I think the American president is coming up
with the same rubbish that
Basically the line is "Britain is not good enough".
Brexit would be a step into the dark and remain was
Claim, counterclaim, the divisions in Tory
The debate centred on two conflicting visions:
Of how Britain should be run and what Europe
Up and down the country, from town hall to factory
floor, they even took the battle to the river.
Go back down the river, because you're up one
The killing of Jo Cox brought three days
The Britain that I love works with its
A Wembley finale, the biggest debate of its kind on a
decision that will define what kind of Britain we want to be.
Events have been taking place across the world,
to mark what would have been the 42nd birthday of
the British Labour MP, Jo Cox, who was murdered last week.
A minute's silence was held at Trafalgar Square in Central London,
with vigils in New York, Brussels, Mumbai and in
Jo Cox's constituency in the north of England.
In London her husband Brendan Cox paid tribute to her,
She was the best mum that any child she was a mother.
And wish we do to have her back in our lives.
Since Thursday, me and my children have spoken
everyday about things we will miss and memories we will cherish.
We try to remember not how cruelly she was
taken from us, but how unbelievably lucky we were to have her in our
Now a look at some of the day's other news.
One of Pakistan's well-known singers has been shot dead
Amjad Sabri, who was famous for singing Sufi devotional music,
known as Qawwali, was shot in his car at close
The music associated with Sufism is considered heretical
A German former nurse serving a life sentence for two
of killing dozens more patients by injecting them with heart
A court order to exhume 99 former patients of the man
named only as Niels H found traces of heart medication
The presumptive Republican Party nominee for the US presidency,
Donald Trump, has launched a scathing attack on his
Democratic Party rival, Hillary Clinton, saying she lacks
the temperament and the judgment to be president.
In a speech in New York, Mr Trump accused his rival
of being a "world-class liar" who personally profited
from her tenure at the State Department.
There has been no immediate response from Mrs Clinton.
Spare a thought for festival goers heading to Glastonbury
in Somerset today, as they might look like they're having
all the fun, but some have been stuck in traffic queues of as long
Opening up what some call the best party
This lot are committed to the Glastonbury cause.
They've been queueing all night and they
The music doesn't start for another two days.
Around 150,000 people are expected here.
The tickets, which cost over ?200 each,
You need plenty of patience to get there, as these
We've been here about an hour and a half to two hours.
We've probably gone 300 metres in that time.
If there's two things us British can do particularly well, it
We're doing both pretty well right now.
But it would not be Glastonbury without the
I do own wellingtons, but I didn't bring them.
For some, the journey on foot sounded more like
With some more rain on the way, it might be another year like this.
But don't they say mud is good for the skin?
Imagine waking up in the middle of the night and seeing this. That is
exactly what happened to one Australian woman who was woken up by
a five metre-. It looks a longer, doesn't it? It was crawling across
the wall into her spare bedroom and it is not the first time that this -
has paid a visit. There's something about that on our website, I
believe. You can look there. It is the final push of Company
before Britain's historic vote on Thursday on EU membership. Political
leaders have been making a last-ditch appeals to voters. On
that ballot paper is a British jobs, British families, the finances of
people in our country. The strength of our country. And that is why we
must vote Remain. If you think the European Union is going at the wrong
direction and is fundamentally different from what we signed up for
in 1975, which it is, then I think you should vote Leave and take back
control tomorrow. If you are still undecided and following this keenly
from outside the UK, you can get the latest on the BBC's website, not
only detailed analysis and facts checked, we also have a life page on
this last day of the EU referendum campaign. Thank you for being with
us. Goodbye. Good evening. Let us see what is
happening over the next day or so. Some stormy weather is on the way,
particularly across the South East. Politically quite right now, just a