The campaign in favor of Britain leaving the European Union has made up ground to draw level with the rival "remain" campaign ahead of next week's referendum on Britain's EU membership, according to a poll released Saturday.
The “Leave” camp currently garners 44 percent of the vote, even with the “Remain” camp, according to the online Opinium/Observer poll. The last Opinium/Observer survey, published June 11, showed the remain campaign up 44 to 42 percent.
The most recent poll was based on a survey of 2,006 people between June 14 and 17, with most of the work done before news reached respondents of the killing of British MP, refugee advocate and Remain supporter Jo Cox, who was murdered on Thursday, causing the suspension of Brexit campaigning.
The Leave campaign has been criticized by some for its focus on an anti-migrant agenda backed by Europe's far right, even outside of the UK. France’s fascist National Front leader Marine Le Pen recently said that the strength of the Brexit campaign was a sign of a popular awakening of far-right supporters around Europe.
Overall, world viewpoints on the upcoming Brexit have been mixed. France’s economy minister Emmanuel Macron was quoted as saying on Saturday that if Britain were to leave the EU, “It would isolate itself and become a trading post and arbitration place at Europe's border."
Former Italian prime minister Mario Monti said it was "highly irresponsible" for the UK to hold a referendum all together.
The International Monetary Fund has also urged Britain to remain in the EU out of stated fears an exit would cause lower living standards, higher inflation and a recession in the UK.
In May, G7 leaders said that Brexit would be a "serious risk" to world economic growth.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is supporting the Remain campaign and has said that, "Either we influence Europe, or it influences us.” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also supports the Rremain campaign.
The Brexit referendum will be held on on June 23-