Politics By Graham Sharpe

Big bets Boost For 'Remain'

AFTER taking a number of hefty bets for a vote to 'Remain' in the EU Referendum, bookmakers William Hill say that 82% of the money they have now taken on the outcome of the poll is for a 'Remain' verdict, and the odds for that to happen have been cut to their shortest level since early February – they are now 1/3 (stake 3 for profit of 1; 75% chance) from 2/5 (stake 5 for profit of 2; 71% chance), with 'Brexit' out from 15/8 (stake 8 for profit of 15; 34%) to 9/4 (stake 4 for profit of 9- 30%).

'We have seen a string of substantial bets at the end of the week, including one of £100,000 from a woman in central London and another of £10,000 from a client in Cornwall, which have helped force down the 'Remain' odds – in fact, 82% of all the money we have now taken is for 'Remain', although there are still many more individual bets - 63% of them – for 'Leave'' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.