London: The campaign to woo British voters in the run up to the June 23 referendum to decide if Britain will remain in the European Union took to the streets of the UK on Saturday.
With less than six weeks to go before the voting, surveys have placed the ‘Remain and Leave’ camps head to head at nearly 50 percent each.
“Vital projects across every region of the UK have been financed by the EIB (European Investment Bank). These make a huge difference locally, nationally, and sometimes globally,” UK Prime Minister David Cameron said in a speech in his Oxfordshire constituency.
“Not only would leaving the EU see us wave goodbye to this crucial funding – but, with a smaller economy hit by new trading barriers and job losses, it’s unlikely we’d be able to find that money from alternative sources,” he said.
Cameron also unveiled a poster, which depicted an envelope on a doormat with wording saying an EU exit would cost the equivalent of “4,300 pounds for every household”.
Vote Leave has accused Cameron of “failing to be honest” with voters saying the cost of staying in is 4,600 pounds per household, as membership of the EU “costs 50 million pounds” a day.
“David Cameron knows that not a single British family would lose that amount of money if we Vote Leave. In fact they would prosper as we spend our money on our priorities,” said Vote Leave chief executive Matthew Elliott.
Britain’s senior-most Indian-origin minister, Priti Patel, has been a key voice of the Leave campaign and attacked the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) warning earlier this week against Brexit.
“The IMF warned Britain it was playing with fire when it set out a plan to deal with the deficit. Now our economy is stronger than nearly every other major economy. Today, the IMF is talking down Britain because we want to take back control from Brussels. They were wrong then and they are wrong now,” she said.
The official ‘Britain Stronger In Europe’ campaign said it was putting on about 1,000 events across the UK today to make the case that Britain is “better off” staying in the EU.