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High anxiety over Brexit survey crashes UK site

Jun 13 2016 16:30
Thomas Penny and Adveith Nair

London - The rumor that new data on a possible Brexit was due to be published overwhelmed the website of UK pollster ICM, highlighting the anxiety in the financial markets over the vote in 10 days on Britain’s membership in the European Union.

Though no time of publication of the survey data has been released, word among traders was that it was due to be published for 12:30 p.m. in London. The traffic brought down ICM’s website.

“Everyone needs to calm down a bit,” Martin Boon, ICM’s political analyst, tweeted at 13:42.

“Please leave me alone so I can get the data to” the Guardian newspaper.

Market reactions to surveys for next week’s referendum have made polls valuable commodities for traders. The pound fell to its lowest level since April on Friday after a poll suggested the “Leave” campaign was 10 points ahead. Most polls show the two sides neck-and-neck ahead of the June 23 referendum.

A man who answered the phone at ICM’s head office in London said Boon was too busy tackling “issues” with the company’s website to come to the phone.

eu  |  uk  |  brexit  |  economy
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