Central European Leaders Urge U.K. Voters to Remain in EU

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka meets Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico (left) in Prague, Czech Republic on June 8.

Photographer: Michal Kamaryt/CTK via AP Images

The prime ministers of Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary urged the U.K. to remain the European Union as British voters prepare to vote on a so-called Brexit later this month.

“On the fortnight of the referendum, I’m convinced that it would be a huge loss for both the EU and the U.K. if the Brits chose a separate path,” Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said during a summit with his central European counterparts in Prague on Wednesday. Polish Premier Beata Szydlo said the U.K. was a “very valuable” EU member.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who has been campaigning for his country to remain part of the 28-member bloc, has warned that leaving the EU would cause untold economic damage, while the opposing camp, led by former London Mayor Boris Johnson, is focusing on the promise of reducing immigration. The “out” camp has been gaining support, according to the latest opinion poll, with The Number Cruncher Politics Brexit Probability Index rising to 24.4 percent from 17.4 percent on May 24.

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