EU politician makes million-euro bet on British referendum

A European Parliament member has bet Britain's anti-EU party head Nigel Farage 1 million euros (1.1 million dollars) that Britain will vote to remain in the European Union in the upcoming referendum on June 23.

"I am so confident that the British people will do the right thing and vote to remain in the EU that I offer a 1 million euro charity bet to you on Leave!" Lithuanian representative Antanas Guoga wrote in a letter to Farage on Monday.

He challenged Farage of the UK Independent Party (UKIP) to match his bet, writing that "everyone's a winner because the money would go to charity!"

Guoga, also known as Tony G, is a former professional poker player who often donated his winnings to charitable organisations, according to his personal website. He was elected to the parliament in 2014.

Farage had not yet responded to the bet early Monday afternoon.

Opinion polls published on the weekend put the Remain camp marginally ahead, after several polls early last week had suggested a swing towards Leave.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49
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