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Professor Tim Bale, Nigel Farage makes £12m referendum play for anti-EU donors



Nigel Farage is seeking to drum up support among anti-EU donors by saying that Ukip and its allies offer the only guarantee of a unified referendum campaign, which could spend up to £12m, matching or even outpacing the remain side. Professor Tim Bale said the leave campaign was likely to have in mind the out campaign in the 1975 EEC referendum campaign, which was hugely outspent by the in side. “In 1975, it was absolutely no contest in terms of money,” he said. “The yes side had so much more money than the no side that they beat them out of sight.”
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