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NZ assesses implications of UK vote

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/06/2016

New Zealand is waiting with the rest of the world to see if Britain votes to leave the EU on Thursday.

Former Commonwealth Secretary-General Sir Don McKinnon told TVNZ's Q&A on Sunday the vote is "huge".

"I think this is even bigger than a general election," he said.

He says the vote has implications for New Zealand because an exit could take five to 10 years to complete.

"It's the uncertainty," he said.

Sir Don doesn't personally think the UK should leave.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said choosing to leave the EU would be a big mistake and lead to debilitating uncertainty for up to a decade.

Those advocating an exit say the UK will be a beacon for change.

The Remain and Leave sides have resumed their campaigns after suspending them for three days as a mark of respect to Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed on Thursday in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

Thomas Mair, the man charged with the murder of Ms Cox, gave his name as "death to traitors, freedom for Britain" when he appeared in court on Saturday following the attack.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde in remarks in Vienna on Friday appealed on British voters to chose to remain in the EU.

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