Peace in Europe could be put at risk if Britain votes to leave the EU, David Cameron has warned.
With only six weeks to go before a referendum on whether the UK stays or leaves the bloc, the British Prime Minister claimed the UK had always regretted turning its back on Europe in the past.
“Isolationism has never served this country well. Whenever we turn our back on Europe, sooner or later we come to regret it. But we’ve always had to go back in and always at a much higher cost……’‘If we stay, we know what we get – continued full access to a growing single market, including in energy, services and digital, together with the benefit of the huge trade deals in prospect, between the EU and the United States and other large markets. If we leave, it is genuinely a leap in the dark.”
But David Cameron’s conservative colleague, and arguably his main rival in the Brexit debate, Boris Johnson, dismissed such claims, accusing the prime minister of failing to deliver proper EU reform in a deal recently struck with European leaders.
In another major speech on Monday, Johnson, now free from his post as London mayor, insisted that the EU was ‘an accelerated effort to build a country called Europe’.