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>Two-thirds of Britons support referendum on rejoining EU: poll

A pro-European Union protestor holds a EU flag outside the Houses of Parliament, in London, Britain, Oct 20, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]

Nearly two-thirds of Britons now support a referendum on rejoining the European Union (EU), according to a poll published in British newspaper The Independent.

A majority of those polled said that leaving the EU has worsened the UK's economy, global influence and ability to control its own borders.

According to the poll, 65 percent of Britons believe a referendum should be held on rejoining the EU, up from 55 percent a year ago. Meanwhile, 22 percent of respondents think another referendum should be held immediately.

The number of Britons who oppose the referendum on EU membership has dropped from 32 percent a year ago to 24 percent at present.

Also, 54 percent of people say Brexit was the wrong decision, up from 46 percent a year ago.

The UK announced its withdrawal from the EU in 2016 after a referendum and formally left the bloc on January 31, 2020.

> Does Drinking Alcohol Warm Your Body?


The characteristics of flushed cheeks and the occasional sheen of sweat on someone who’s been imbibing certainly suggest that alcohol has an effect on body temperature, but when you drink an alcoholic beverage, does it really warm you up?

Alcohol is a vasodilator. It causes your blood vessels to dilate, particularly the capillaries just under the surface of your skin.

When you have a drink, the volume of blood brought to the skin's surface increases, making you feel warm.

That dilation is why slightly or exceedingly intoxicated people look flushed.

This overrides one of your body’s defenses against cold temperatures: Constricting your blood vessels, thereby minimizing blood flow to your skin in order to keep your core body temperature up.

Someone enjoying a drink in the cold may feel warmer from the extra blood warming their skin, but that blood will rapidly cool thanks to the chill in the air.

The warmth caused by blood rushing to the skin will also make them sweat, decreasing their core temperature even further.

Compounded with the cognitive effects of alcohol, serious complications can arise.

The rapid drop often occurs without the drinker realizing it, because their skin will still feel fairly warm, which makes it doubly dangerous to drink alcohol in extremely cold weather.

When you shiver, your muscles tighten and relax over and over again in a short amount of time. The energy that it takes to make your muscles shiver gives off heat, keeping your body a little warmer than it would otherwise be.

But, drinking alcohol in chilly weather reduces the body’s ability and tendency to shiver, taking away yet another method your body uses to help keep warm when it is cold.

>Agriculture, related industries account for 16.05 pct of China's GDP

Farmers load the harvested rice at Gangkou township in Yueyang county, Central China's Hunan province. [Photo/Xinhua]

The added value of agriculture and related industries in China was 18.44 trillion yuan in 2021, up 10.5 percent over the previous year (not excluding price factors). It accounted for 16.05 percent of GDP, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

In a breakdown, the added value of agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, and fishery accounted for 47.2 percent of the total.

The added value of processing and manufacturing of edible agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, and fishery products accounted for 20.9 percent of the total.

The added value of agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, fishery and related product circulation services accounted for 14 percent of the total.

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