UK Prime Minister, David Cameron has always opposed the idea of exit of Britain from European Union. Further criticizing the move, he said that if Britain were to exit from the EU, in the crucial June 23 referendum, the move would make Islamic State chief al-Baghdadi and the Russian President Putin happy.
Mr Cameron had suggested earlier that leaving the EU would leave Britain vulnerable to its enemies, but this is the first time he has suggested ISIS would actively want to see the UK leave the EU. His latest comments, suggesting that the UK would be more susceptible to terrorists if they exit the Union is likely to be labelled as scaremongering by the Brexit group who have already alleged that Cameron is running an Operation Fear.
Cameron, was addressing a World Economic Forum event, at Mansion House in the City of London highlighting the negative impact of exiting the Union. After delivering a myth busting speech the Prime Minister was asked “who would be happy” if the nation does vote for Brexit.
Mr Cameron said: “It is worth asking the question: Who would be happy if we left?
“Putin might be happy, I suspect al-Baghdadi might be happy.”
“But our friends in Australia and New Zealand and America and all around the world and all round Europe, they are saying ‘it’s all up to you, its all your choice, but we would like you to stay, we think it’s good for us and it’s good for you’.”
Boris Johnson, prominent Brexit campaigner, during a visit to Stafford, told reporters he believed it was “a bit much” to suggest IS is an ally of Brexit.
Johnson said he did not believe in getting involved in “artificial media twit storms”, adding: “One might argue it’s a bit much to start comparing people arguing for freedom in this country or the restoration of democracy in this country to say our allies are Putin and Daesh.
“I think that’s a bit much, really.”
However, both campaigns have talked about the security consequences of leaving or remaining in the EU. Brexit argues that being independent would give the UK greater control over its borders.
The Remain campaign says Britain already has the power to check all passports, and argue that pan-European security networks including Europol and the European Arrest Warrant offer additional security and would be put at risk by Brexit.
Cameron also vowed that the referendum will be a “once in a lifetime” event, rubbishing statements by some Leave campaigners raising the prospect of another referendum in the future.
“I’m absolutely clear that the referendum is the referendum. It is a once in a generation, once in a lifetime opportunity. The result determines the outcome if we vote to stay, we stay, and that’s it. If we vote to leave, we leave, and that’s it. We can’t have ‘never-endums’,” he said.
“In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way. If the Remain campaign win two-thirds to one-third that ends it,” he said.
The opinion polls are running neck-and-neck currently, with both camps at a nearly 50-50 vote. The campaigning by both side will intensify in the coming weeks in an attempt to swing any undecided votes.
Earlier, Boris Johnson was accused of “crossing the boundaries” after he made a comparison between EU and Adolf Hitler, the European Council President has said.
Former military chief Field Marshal Lord Bramall, described Mr Johnson’s remarks as “simply laughable” and “absurd”.
Donald Tusk, the former Polish Prime Minister, said, “When I hear the EU being compared to the plans and projects of Adolf Hitler I cannot remain silent. Such absurd arguments should be completely ignored if they hadn’t been formulated by one of the most influential politicians in the ruling party.
“Boris Johnson crossed the boundaries of a rational discourse, demonstrating political amnesia. In some sense, he illustrated a state of mind and emotions of many Europeans, not only from the UK.”