The Latest: Climate data suggests EU needs Britain

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.


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."


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."