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The fight for the BME Brexit vote

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>> As the UK gears up to vote on its future with the European Union, margins in the poll are still slim.>> I'm Reuters reporter Juliana Oladipo here in Queen's Market, east London, in one of Britain's most diverse communities. Brits will soon decide whether they want to stay or leave Europe.
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Never has the ethnic minority vote mattered so much. Polls show that Black and Asian Britains are more pro-EU than the rest of the population, but are less likely to head to the ballot box.>> We have that power that can actually make the difference, but we just have one slight snag, we don't participate enough.
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But there are sufficient numbers within this particular ethnic group, we will make all the difference.>> Immigration is a key campaign battle ground. Priti Patel, a British Asian MP pushing for Brexit, says leaving will enable fairer policies to protect the labor market from low skilled European workers. Some think stepping outside the EU will make things easier for people from former colonies.
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>> It will be nice for Britain, to be strong again. At the moment, they're not strong and they have abandoned their Commonwealth.>> It's just like us, we're outsiders that come in as well. So if I'm gonna say to take them out, then I'll be saying to take us out as well, so it's a difficult situation.
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>> Amid what she says is a lack of information, Priscilla though is voting to stay in.>> I can see my shopping bills, I can see people that are getting jobs, cheaper holidays, we have choices. The open market, competition rules, but we just take it for granted.>> The most recent polls showing the Out campaign pulling ahead.
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Pollsters telling Reuters that immigration is trumping economy in the campaign. 8 million people in England and Wales come from an ethnic minority, according to the 2011 census. Both sides then, even more determined to win them over.