David Beckham voting for Britain to remain in European Union
LONDON – The Associated Press
Reuters PhotoFormer England captain David Beckham said he is voting for Britain to remain in the European Union in the June 23 referendum.
The 41-year-old Beckham started his soccer career at Manchester United and he wrote on Facebook “we were a better and more successful team” because of the players from outside Britain in the squad.
Beckham also played for Real Madrid, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
He said “those great European cities and their passionate fans welcomed me and my family and gave us the opportunity to enjoy their unique and inspiring cultures and people. We live in a vibrant and connected world where together as a people we are strong.”
Beckham concluded “we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone. For these reasons I am voting to Remain.”
With three days to go until the so-called “Brexit” vote, the Leave and Remain camps are in a virtual dead heat, new polls indicated on June 20, according to AFP.
Britain votes on June 23 whether to leave the 28-member bloc, a referendum that may determine the political and economic fate of Europe.
A poll for the Daily Telegraph showed the “Remain” side on 49 percent support, unchanged from a week earlier, while “Leave” was up three points to 47 percent.
The result, based on a survey of 800 people by polling company OBR international, gave the pro-EU side a lead of two points, its slimmest since OBR began polling in March.
Another poll by YouGov for The Times showed the “Leave” side overtaking the Remain camp, according to results released on social media by the newspaper’s deputy political editor Sam Coates.
Those in favor of a Brexit now had 44 percent support, up one point, versus 42 percent who wanted to stay in the bloc - a drop of two points.
Political strategist Lynton Crosby wrote in the Daily Telegraph that the ORB poll indicated the result would “truly come down to the wire.”
“The referendum outcome is uncertain. I wish Britain the best,” Crosby wrote.