Cameron, Priti poles apart over BREXIT


Priti Patel MP, Prime Minister’s Indian Diapsora Champion, turns heat on Sir John Major for his stance on EU as Cameron says Brexit is the last thing the economy needs

British Prime Minister David Cameron with Priti Patel MP, Minister of State for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions
British Prime Minister David Cameron with Priti Patel MP, Minister of State for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions

British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Indian Diaspora Champion are now on poles apart as the campaign on EU referendum garners pace. When the prime minister  warned voters that leaving the European Union was the “last thing the economy needs” and would be a vote for recession, the minister said it will break the bright future of Britain.

Priti Patel MP, Employment Minister and PM’s Indian Diaspora Champion, expressed her disappointment on the remarks given by former prime minister Sir John Major supporting to remain in the EU.

‘Sir John’s comments are disappointing,” said Priti. “The day after it was finally revealed that EU migration is even higher than previously admitted, the pro-EU campaign are trying to silence people with legitimate concerns about controlling our borders while failing to address the real public concern of the impact of immigration from the European Union. Conservatives IN, the campaign for Britain to stay in the UK, has put out a leaflet which boasts about ‘the prevention of non-EU families being brought to Britain’.

Expressing her disapproval of the leaflet, Priti said: ‘The Conservative IN campaign is putting out offensive leaflets telling British citizens that their family members aren’t welcome here. I know many people will be deeply offended by this – it is exactly the type of rhetoric that toxifies the issue and prevents a sensible conversation about legitimate public concerns, and I hope Sir John will join me in condemning this divisive leaflet.

‘This referendum offers an honest debate about the impact of uncontrolled EU immigration on our public services like schools and our NHS. Being in the EU means we don’t have control of our borders – so can’t control the pace or the scale of immigration. If we Vote Leave on 23 June we can have a fairer immigration policy which welcomes people based on the skills they can contribute, not the passport they hold.’

Cameron made the recession remark at an event in his own Witney constituency in Oxfordshire. Economic security was the single most important thing for people to consider, and none of the arguments for Brexit were “able to counter the immediate and sustained hit that we would suffer to our economy” if Britain left the EU, Cameron said.

Addressing voters on the biggest day of campaigning yet, dubbed Super Saturday, Cameron said: “If we vote to leave on 23 June we will be voting for higher prices, we will be voting for fewer jobs, we will be voting for lower growth, we will be voting potentially for a recession. That is the last thing our economy needs.”

Cameron said that the referendum was “more important than a general election” and the “chance for a generation of a lifetime”.

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