Politics By Graham Sharpe

EU Referendum Before July Next Year

BOOKMAKERS WILLIAM HILL are offering odds of 6/5 that the EU Referendum will take place by the end of June 2016. They also offer 10/3 that it will be held between July-December 2016; 7/2 between January and June 2017; 7/2 July 2017 or later.

Now that the in/out EU Referendum has been confirmed in the Queen's Speech, Hills make a vote to remain in the EU their 1/3 favourite (bet £3 to make a profit if £1), with a vote to quit the EU offered at 9/4 (bet £4 to make a profit of £9).

'The Scottish Referendum was the biggest political betting market we have ever opened, with £3.5million gambled, including a world record politcal winning wager of £900,000, but we'd hope the interest in the EU Referendum will exceed even that' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

WHEN WILL IN/OUT EU REFERENDUM TAKE PLACE?: 6/5 by end of June 2016; 10/3 between July-Dec 2016; 7/2 between January-June 2017; 7/2 July 2017 or later.

OUTCOME?....1/3 'Stay In'; 9/4 'Leave'