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The Latest: Climate data suggests EU needs Britain

  • Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during his tour of the BMW Mini plant in Oxford England, while on  a "Remain" EU referendum campaign visit Monday June 20, 2016. Britain goes to the polls in a referendum on Thursday on whether to leave or remain in the EU. (Leon Neal/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during his tour of the BMW Mini plant in Oxford England, while on a "Remain" EU referendum campaign visit Monday June 20, 2016. Britain goes to the polls in a referendum on Thursday on whether to leave or remain in the EU. (Leon Neal/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech at the Engine Room in the People's History Museum, Manchester, Tuesday June 21, 2016. Britain goes to the polls on June 23 in referendum on their EU membership.  (Peter Byrne/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVE

    Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech at the Engine Room in the People's History Museum, Manchester, Tuesday June 21, 2016. Britain goes to the polls on June 23 in referendum on their EU membership. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement appealing for people to vote to remain in the European Union outside 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Britain votes whether to stay in the EU in a referendum on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    British Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement appealing for people to vote to remain in the European Union outside 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Britain votes whether to stay in the EU in a referendum on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on Britain's referendum on staying or leaving the European Union (all times local):

11:05 a.m.

New carbon pollution figures show the European Union may find it harder to meet its climate targets if British voters decide to leave the bloc

Data published Tuesday by the European Environment Agency show that Britain's greenhouse gas emissions fell by 34.3 percent in 1990-2014, the biggest percentage drop in the EU except for eastern countries whose emissions fell sharply when communist-era heavy industries collapsed.

If it weren't for Britain, the EU's total emissions would have dropped 22.8 percent rather than 24.4 percent during that period.

The EU has already reached its target to reduce emissions by 20 percent by 2020. In negotiations on a climate deal in Paris last year it pledged to deepen those reductions to at least 40 percent by 2030.

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9:25 a.m.

Soccer star David Beckham has thrown his support behind those campaigning to keep Britain in the European Union, describing Europe as a team that needs to play together to succeed. The 40-year-old issued a statement Tuesday saying: "We live in a vibrant and connected world where together as a people we are strong. For our children and their children, we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone."

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9:10 a.m.

Billionaire currency trader George Soros has warned that a vote for Britain to leave European Union will trigger a plunge in the pound — without benefits that can come with a devalued currency.

In an op-ed piece in Tuesday's Guardian, Soros says a decision to leave the 28-nation bloc in Thursday's vote will cause sterling to drop quickly. Soros predicted the drop will be more dramatic than when Britain crashed out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism in September 1992.

Soros substantially profited — at the expense of the Bank of England and the British government — when the pound lost 15 percent of its value.

Soros says those who believe a "leave" vote will have no impact on their personal finances are guilty of "wishful thinking."