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16 June 2016

A guide to the EU referendum: the facts

Everything you need to know to make sense of the EU vote.

By New Statesman


A lot of hot air has been blowing in the EU referendum campaign – the latest polls and odds swinging this way and that, politicians making wildly contradictory statements, leaflets that make no sense.

To help you make up your  mind, the New Statesman team has put together a series of factual articles answering the biggest questions that have emerged in the run-up to the referendum.

The Brexit crisis

The referendum debate has been long on polemic and short on facts, says George Eaton.

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Do we really send the EU £350m a week?

In short: no. Caroline Crampton explains.

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How much of our law is made in Brussels?

Unhelpfully, it depends on what you count as “law”, says Anoosh Chakelian.