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Could France follow the UK out of Europe?

Video report by ITV News Europe Editor James Mates.

The British EU referendum has caused ripples all over Europe - and now a growing movement in France is pushing for its own vote on its membership of the bloc.

National Front leader marine Le Pen is at the vanguard of the push and has promised to stage a national vote if she wins the presidency next year.

While that is a highly unlikely prospect, far right groups have been boosted by anti-European sentiment. Many have also noted that Ukip manged to successfully agitate for a vote in the UK despite never reaching power.

However, many in France see opportunity in a potential Brexit, with hopes that the country's financial sector could gobble up business currently dominated by the city of London.

Though the Brexit campaign has boosted a nascent anti-EU movement in France, an exit seems unlikely in any near future.



Remain in EU, says National Farmers' Union

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The National Farmers' Union (NFU) has voted that farmers' interests are best served by remaining in the EU.

A resolution passed by the organisation's council said the decision was made "on the balance of existing evidence available to us at present".

Meurig Raymond, president of the NFU, said a survey of members suggests 20% support Brexit, while 35% to 50% support remaining within the EU. The rest have not made up their minds.

The NFU, which represents farmers across England and Wales, said it would not tell its 55,000 members how to vote in the June 23 referendum, and will not be actively campaigning.

Pro-Brexit MPs warn Barack Obama to stay out of EU debate

The White House has said that the US hopes Britain remains in the EU. Credit: Reuters

Barack Obama has been warned against intervening in the EU debate by pro-Brexit MPs ahead of his visit to Britain next month.

In an open letter the cross-party group said it would be an "unfortunate milestone" at the end of the US president's time in office should he enter the debate with even a "passive diplomatic recommendation".

Labour backbencher Kate Hoey said the letter aims to caution Mr Obama that "feelings will run high" if he expresses a side in the debate.

"We would certainly never think of visiting the United States and telling the US public how to vote in an election or the amendment of their constitution."

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