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Moody's sees UK rating risk if votes to leave EU

[LONDON] Ratings agency Moody's said the election victory of Prime Minister David Cameron might have implications for the Britain's sovereign debt rating if it led to the country leaving the European Union.

"While the election result will have no impact on the UK's rating, if the Conservative Party's plan to hold a referendum on European Union membership results in the UK's exit this could have consequences for the whole economy, including potentially for the sovereign rating, if the UK was unable to broadly replicate the benefits of membership," Moody's said.

Mr Cameron has promised to hold a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU before the end of 2017.