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By Aiden James and Jackie Storer

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  1. Think-tank looks at EU impact on poorer regions

    Another think-thank's conclusions on the EU debate are out today - the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute says poorer UK regions such as Northern Ireland would face greater economic uncertainty than richer regions if there is a vote to leave.

    It concludes that Northern Ireland, the North East and South West appear to be the most dependent on free trade in goods with other EU countries.

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  2. Reality Check on the EU and austerity

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    Here's is the BBC's Reality Check assessment on this morning's IFS report warning of extended austerity if the UK votes to leave the EU.

  3. Turkey could block EU deal over visas

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    Turkey's parliament will block a deal with the EU on migrants if Turks do not gain visa-free access to the bloc, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.

    Access to the EU's passport-free Schengen area was a key demand by Turkey in an agreement struck in March.

    But the EU says Turkey still needs to meet certain conditions, including changes to its terror laws, before access can be granted.

    The agreement is aimed at halting the mass movement of people into Europe.

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  4. How Leave campaigners have responded to IFS report

    Vote Leave have questioned the neutrality of the IFS, saying it was "a paid-up propaganda arm of the European Commission".

    It said that the NIESR, whose figures the IFS based its calculations on, "has been wrong time and time again on the EU".

    Patrick Minford, co-chairman of Economists for Brexit, said that the IFS analysis acknowledged that the free trade approach recommended by his organisation "would be the best option for the UK following an exit from the EU".

    Gerard Lyons, his co-chairman, added: "The UK needs to break away from the short-termism and the groupthink that had dominated UK policy making and embrace Brexit as this is the best way to position the economy for longer-term future growth."

  5. 'Bruising assessment' for Leave campaign

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith thinks this morning's IFS report amounts to a "fairly bruising assessment for the Brexit camp".

    The think tank carries "huge authority", which matters in this debate, he adds.

    Former Conservative minister John Redwood will be setting out the Leave campaign's criticisms of the report on the show later.

  6. Greece bailout: Eurozone agrees 'breakthrough' debt deal

    Finance ministers

    Eurozone finance ministers have agreed to extend further bailout loans to Greece as well as debt relief, in what they call a "major breakthrough".

    After late-night talks in Brussels, the ministers agreed to unlock 10.3bn euros ($11.5bn; £7.8bn) in new loans.

    The move came two days after the Greek parliamentapproved another round of spending cuts and tax increases demanded by international creditors.

    The ministers also said debt relief would be eventually offered to Greece.

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  7. By John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

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    Poorer UK regions such as Northern Ireland would face greater economic uncertainty than richer regions if there is a vote to leave the EU, a think-tank has suggested.

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  8. Military generals call for an EU exit

    Troops

    The most prominent call for a Leave vote this morning comes from a dozen former senior military officers.

    Among the group is General Sir Michael Rose, whose name was originally on a letter organised by Downing Street supporting UK membership of the EU.

    They say Nato, and not the EU, should remain the cornerstone of Europe's defence.

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  9. Wednesday's papers

    Military generals' call for an EU exit, and an accusation that David Cameron is "dodging" referendum TV debates, feature in this morning's front pages. Here's a digest of the stories the papers are focusing on.

  10. IFS report 'dismissed' and 'trumpeted'

    BBC Breakfast

    The IFS verdict on the EU referendum will get plenty of airtime today. BBC political correspondent Ben Wright says it will be "dismissed" by the Leave campaign, and "trumpeted" by the Remain side.

  11. Brexit could add two years to austerity, IFS says

    The UK could face an extra two years of austerity measures if it votes to leave the EU, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said.

    The consensus of economists was that the UK economy would shrink after a Brexit, the think tank said.

    It warned ministers could react to a post-Brexit GDP fall with either deeper cuts, or by extending them.

    But Andrea Leadsom, the energy minister and Vote Leave campaigner, said Brexit would "turbocharge" the UK economy.

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  12. Tuesday recap - the political day as it happened

    To bring you up to speed before bed:

    - David Cameron swapped the orange of B&Q, where he was on Monday, for the orange of EasyJet, to claim that family holidays in Europe could be an average of £230 more expensive if the UK votes to leave the EU

    - Nigel Farage called the claim "spin" and claimed David Cameron had been   "deceiving the British people for years" by winning elections under the cloak of Euroscepticism, when he was, in fact, "a Eurofantic"

    - Elsewhere, the other EU spat of the day involved Bank of England governor Mark Carney and Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. Appearing before the Treasury committee, Mr Carney robustly defended his decision to issue a warning on the impact that Brexit could have on the UK economy

    - Conservative MP and Leave campainer Mr Rees-Mogg accused him of "giving out the same propaganda as the chancellor"

    - Now committee chairman Andrew Tyrie has now followed up by sending Mr Carney a letter asking to see the "internal guidelines of the Bank covering its interventions in the EU referendum debate"

    - At the Supreme Court, two Britons living abroad lost their battle over the right to vote in the referendum. They're excluded because they've lived outside the UK for more than 15 years

    - And there was bad news for anyone planning to go to BPop Live, a "Brexit" gig funded by Leave.EU - 90s boyband 5ive have pulled out, as has singer and Britain's Got Talent host Alesha Dixon. Both seemed surprised to learn that the event had a political bent

    - Finally, away from the EU, Theresa May ordered a review of powers which allow intelligence agencies to harvest large amounts of data from emails and other communications. It follows demands from Labour's Andy Burnham for a series of amendments to the Investigatory Powers Bill, often known as the snoopers' charter

  13. Brexit 'would be a gift to Putin', says Labour MP Dan Jarvis

    Dan Jarvis

    Echoing remarks made earlier in the campaign by David Cameron, Labour MP and Remain supporter Dan Jarvis is warning Brexit would be a boost for Russian president Vladimir Putin.

    The ex-army major - seen by many as a future party leader - will be joined at a pro-Remain event in London on Wednesday by former EastEnders star Ross Kemp.

    Mr Jarvis is set to say: "We face a choice between greater security and global influence as part of the EU or a period of prolonged uncertainty and permanent retrenchment by walking away."  

    He'll continue: "What sort of message would we send out to the rest of the world, and to our enemies, if we, the people who forged co-operation across borders, who enlarged and later led this partnership between nations, walked away? 

    "It would be a gift to Putin, weakening both Nato and the EU."

  14. Will East 17 still perform at Brexit gig? 'No comment'

    East 17

    5ive and Alesha Dixon have already pulled out of the "Brexit gig" funded by the Leave.EU campaign.

    One of the two big names still on the bill at the moment is East 17 - here in a throwback snap from 1994 - but the band's agent doesn't sounds 100% enthusiastic about it.

    Asked this evening if they were still planning to perform at the event, the agent replied: "No comment."