Don't Quit on Europe; Cameron's Emotional Plea after Chamberlain Accusation; Claims on PS350m, Turkey & Army 'Completely Untrue'

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Don't Quit on Europe; Cameron's Emotional Plea after Chamberlain Accusation; Claims on PS350m, Turkey & Army 'Completely Untrue'


Byline: JACK BLANCHARD and JASON BEATTIE

DAVID Cameron came out fighting in his final EU referendum showdown, warning it would be a "tragedy" if Britain went for Brexit based on Leave camp lies.

The Prime Minister exploded into life in a BBC Question Time special after an audience member compared him to Nazi appeaser Neville Chamberlain.

Mr Cameron shot back that walking out on Europe would be "quitting".

He said: "At my office I sit two yards away from the Cabinet room where Winston Churchill made the decision to fight on against Hitler. He didn't quit.

""He didn't quit on Europe. He didn't quit on European democracy, he didn't quit on European freedom."

The audience cheered as he went on: "We want to fight for those things today.

You can't win, you can't fight, if you're not in the room. You can't win a football match if you're not on the pitch."

The PM's EU reform deal had been attacked by an audience member, who claimed it could be "overruled" by a "dictatorship" in Brussels.

An enraged Mr Cameron hit back: "This is not some empire or dictatorship. If Britain wants to leave this organisation, we can. We are a sovereign country.

"But let us be clear, if we do leave, that's it. We are walking out the door, we are quitting, we are giving up on this organisation, which, even if we leave, will have a huge effect on our lives.

"And I don't think Britain in the end is a quitter. I think we stay and fight."

Mr Cameron tore into Vote Leave claims that Turkey was poised to join the EU in the next three years.

He insisted it would be "30 or 40 years" before Turkey got membership, and said: "It is a red herring. People who have decided to vote Leave, obviously it's a choice, it's a referendum.

"But to do it on the basis of Turkey joining the EU, you would be voting to leave an organisation, to damage our economy, on the basis of something that is not going to happen. And that would be a crazy thing to do."

Mr Cameron slammed Vote Leave's other "untruths" - that the EU is planning to create its own army and that Britain's membership costs us PS350million a week. …

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