End of EU rule FINALLY in sight: Leave camp take 19-POINT lead as Britons flock to Brexit

End of EU rule FINALLY in sight: Leave camp take 19-POINT lead as Britons flock to Brexit, by Marco Giannangeli.

The Opinium Poll, commissioned by the Brexit-backing Bruges Group think tank, … found 52 per cent chose to leave the EU, with only 33 per cent choosing to keep the status quo. …

Another Opinium poll, published in the Observer today and  which simply asked whether people wanted to leave or remain, revealed a much smaller majority, with 44 per cent declaring for Brexit and 42 per cent voting for things to stay as they are.

David Cameron loses his magic touch, by Tim Shipman and James Lyons.

On Friday, [Mr Cameron’s closest aides] were summoned to a crisis meeting at ­Britain Stronger in Europe, where internal polling showed support for the “remain” campaign among Labour voters had “fallen off a cliff” — making Brexit a real ­possibility.

For the first time, Mr Cam­eron’s team is facing the serious prospect that they may be out of a job in two weeks. Many fear that, like the sorcerer’s apprentice, the Prime Minister has unleashed ­forces he cannot control.

Conservative or Tory MPs say high command is already preparing for defeat and has encouraged a “save Dave” operation in the Commons. …

“It’s a full Scotland-style panic now,” the MP said, comparing the mood to the period 10 days before the Scottish independence referendum when a poll first showed the separatists ahead. …

A senior backbencher said: “The careerists are shitting themselves. It’s no fun when you’ve gone around kissing people’s backsides for years to discover that you’ve been kissing the wrong backsides.”

… with the referendum on a knife edge, many Tories think it is not long before the leadership will be the only subject of ­discussion.

Fawlty Towers star John Cleese backs Brexit – and suggested HANGING Jean-Claude Juncker, by Vickiie Oliphant.

A prominent Liberal Democrat supporter, Cleese added it was a “sad” situation and appeared to address his message to party grandee Lord Ashdown, who is campaigning for Remain.

He tweeted: “If I thought there was any chance of major reform in the EU, I’d vote to stay in. But there isn’t. Sad. Sorry, Paddy.”

Along with revealing his personal opinion, the television star also proposed a series of EU reforms – including giving up the Euro, introduce accountability and to “hang” Jean-Claude Juncker.

Cleese accused Mr Juncker of “threatening” Britain …

He also said Britain had been “swimming against the tide” in its bid to bring about change in Brussels, where bureaucrats had taken away “any trace of democratic accountability”.

The actor then dismissed claims Britain would struggle to set up free trade deals after leaving the EU, writing: “There’s been trading for millenia…I can’t see that stopping.

hat-tip Stephen Neil