Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, June 23, 2016

Polls on the Brexit referendum are set to open at 7am (2pm Singapore time) and close at 10pm (5am Singapore time on Friday).
Polls on the Brexit referendum are set to open at 7am (2pm Singapore time) and close at 10pm (5am Singapore time on Friday).PHOTO: EPA

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday, June 23, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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UK votes on Brexit referendum

Britain votes on Thursday (June 23) on whether it should remain in or leave the European Union, with polls set to open at 7am (2pm Singapore time) and close at 10pm (5am Singapore time on Friday).

Heated debate between the "Remain" and "Leave" camps has reached fever pitch, after stopping for a few days due to the killing of a pro-EU lawmaker last week.

The death of Mrs Jo Cox shocked the country, and raised questions over the tone of the bitter campaign with opinion polls showing the both sides neck and neck.

Counting begins as soon as the last votes are cast, and the result of the referendum will be expected on Friday.

LTA's annual Travel Smart Day


Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo (in front row) in a workout during LTA’s Travel Smart Day 2015 on July 14, 2015.

The Land Transport Authority’s annual Travel Smart Day is happening on Thursday (June 23) from 7am to 10.30am at Asia Square, The Cube.

At the event, the public can learn how to save on travel fares – such as by travelling for free during off-peak periods in the early morning on weekdays if they exit designated MRT stations in the city area – as well as join in a fitness workout. - JALELAH ABU BAKER

Forum to discuss ventures overseas


Singapore's Minister of Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang.

Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade), is the guest of honour at the inaugural Internationalisation Forum 2016 on Thursday (June 23).

Organised by Human Capital Singapore, the forum will be attended by some 400 executives from multinational firms, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as public sector agencies to discuss business ventures overseas.

GIC group president Lim Siong Guan will speak at a special luncheon session.

Philippine central bank to decide on key policy rate


The main gate of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines).

The Philippine central bank is widely seen keeping its key policy rate steady on Thursday (June 23), with strong domestic demand expected to still underpin growth and shield the economy from a weak external environment.

The central bank will leave the overnight borrowing rate at 3.0 per cent – the level set by the monetary authority after it moved to an interest rate corridor (IRC) on June 3.

A more modest US Fed tightening plan, a soft landing for China, and the Philippines’ favourable macro-economic fundamentals, warrant a stay in the central bank’s policy stance.

The central bank (BSP) has left policy levers untouched since October 2014, with growth on a solid footing and inflation tame.