REUTERS – A British exit from the European Union would add to uncertainty at a time of global economic weakness, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) official said on Tuesday.
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"It's very hard to anticipate what those effects may be but that uncertainty would be a negative factor and come at a time when the global recovery remains slow and somewhat weak," David Lipton, first deputy managing director of the IMF, said at a news conference in Beijing.
"That kind of uncertainty would be unhelpful."
Britons will vote in a referendum on June 23 on whether to remain in the EU.
A vote to leave the 28-member bloc, dubbed Brexit, could tip Europe back into recession and throw global financial markets into turmoil.
Britain's "Leave" campaign has opened up a seven-point lead over "Remain" an opinion poll showed late on Monday, while the nation's biggest-selling newspaper urged readers to vote to quit the bloc.