Politics By Graham Sharpe

What Price EU Referendum By 2019?

DESPITE A CALL by John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce for an EU in/out Referendum to be held sooner rather than later, bookmakers William Hill are offering odds of 6/4 that one WILL take place before 2019; and 1/2 that there will NOT be one by then.

And Hills believe that when such an in/out EU Referendum does take place, it will produce a 'Stay in' majority - making that option the 4/6 favourite, with a 'Leave' verdict quoted at 11/10.

'The holding of an in/out EU Referendum is one of the most significant talking points of the Election campaign, but we think it is odds against one happening before 2019 and expect that the vote will be in favour of staying in if it does take place' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.


GENERAL ELECTION OUTCOME...2/9 No overall majority; 4/1 Con-LD coalition; 9/2 Coalition involving SNP; 5/1 Con overall majority 5/1 Labour minority; 11/2 Con minority govt; 7/1 Coalition involving Ukip; 9/1 Labour obverall majority; 20/1 Coalition involving Greens.

CELEBRITY POLITICS.....To become an MP at this General Election - 25/1 Queen's Brian May; 33/1 Al 'Pub Landlord' Murray; to poll most votes (both must stand)- 1/4 May; 11/4 Murray.