British PM makes appeal for staying in EU

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 11:56 GMT, Feb 25, 2016 |

Britain’s Prime Minister has started a four-month campaign to persuade voters to remain in the European Union ahead of a referendum on June 23, saying the country will be “stronger, safer and better off” if it stays in the bloc.

David Cameron and EU leaders agreed unanimously last week on a package of measures aimed at keeping Britain in the EU to avoid a potentially disastrous divorce.

The ruling Conservative Party is deeply split on the EU issue, with Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson, the figureheads of the opposing camps, vying in particular for the support of moderate Conservatives, regarded as the pivotal, swing group of voters.

In a video statement, Cameron said the decision for voters centred on the health of the economy, the fight against terrorism and maintaining influence on the EU.

“This referendum is straightforward. It’s about you and your family. Where will you be better off? Where will there be more trade, more jobs and lower prices: in or out? Where will you be safer? Where are terrorists more likely to be tracked down and criminals brought to justice: in or out? Where will our country be stronger? Where will Britain have the biggest influence: in or out?” Cameron said.

He questioned those supporting Britain’s exit from the EU, saying the country occupies a special position, wielding influence without being bound by many of the obligations applied to other members of the bloc.