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Professor Tim Bale, In ‘Brexit’ vote, David Cameron faces problem of his own making



As the nation prepares to vote on Thursday, the betting markets are signalling that Britain will choose to remain in Europe, but polls suggest that the outcome is still too close to call. But what seemed like a relatively low-risk ploy to deal with a short-term political problem has metastasized into an issue that could badly damage Britain’s economy, influence the country’s direction for generations — and determine David Cameron’s political fate. Commenting on Cameron’s legacy, Professor Tim Bale said: “It is either one that ends in almost complete failure or one that seems pretty respectable in electoral and policy terms. I can’t think of another prime minister who had so much riding on one decision.”
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