Pound Jumps After Poll Shows Majority Reject Brexit

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The pound surged nearly 1% Wednesday after a poll showed more Britons favor the U.K. staying in the European Union. Sterling was up 0.9% at $1.4587 after a poll conducted for the Evening Standard newspaper by Ipsos Mori showed 55% want the U.K.'s ties with the bloc to remain intact. That compares with 37% who want a breakup. That result was the largest lead in the past three months for the "Remain" camp, the Evening Standard said. A June 23 referendum on the issue will be held in the U.K.

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