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Brexit vote a burning issue not just for UK, but also the world

The concern is that a Britain that would not punch so strongly on the world stage would also be less able to bolster international security and economic prosperity.

The future character of the UK, and indeed the EU at large - politically and economically, for potentially decades to come - will be determined by a referendum to be held as soon as June. The Brexit campaign may kick off after this week's European Council meeting.

THE European Council meets on Thursday and Friday at a key summit in Brussels that will debate the new European Union "settlement" for Britain negotiated by Council President Donald Tusk and UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Should the package be agreed on, it will effectively kick off the