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EU - Key facts

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EU – The Key Facts:

The United Kingdom joined the EU in 1973.

There are 28 member states in the European Union

The EU has 65 institutions agencies and bodies

There are 19 members of the Euro zone currency area

There are 751 members of the European Parliament (MEPs)

There are over 500 million citizens living in the EU - around 7% of the world's population.

There are over 50,000 civil servants employed by the EU across its various institutions.

It is the world'slargest economy with a GDP of £14.6bn combined according to the IMF

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First EU referendum results suggest tight race

First EU referendum results suggest tight raceEarly results in the UK's referendum on whether to remain in or leave the European Union suggest a tight race.

Developments so far:

First results from the north-east of England suggest strong support for Leave, triggering falls in the poundUkip Leader Nigel Farage says he believes the government's extension to the voter registration deadline earlier this month may have won it for Remain, adding: "Win or lose this battle, we will win this war"Eighty-four Eurosceptic Tory MPs have signed a letter calling on David Cameron to continue as prime minister whatever the result of the referendumA YouGov 'on-the-day poll' suggests 52% for Remain and 48% for Leave.

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Andy Burnham 'It hasn't been a very good debate'

Talking to ITV tonight from Manchester Airport the Shadow Home Secretary, Leigh MP and Manchester mayoral candidate said he was encouraged by the numbers going to the polls and he "Understands the concerns of the Labour voters who have voted leave" adding "I dont think it has been a very good debate, dont think it has risen to the enormity of this decision to be honest."

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