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EU debate shouldn't be based on hate – Cameron

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 01:04

British Prime Minister David Cameron warned that the debate on Britain's European Union membership must not be based on ''intolerance, hatred and division.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Speaking just four days before his country holds a referendum on their membership to the European Union, British Prime Minister David Cameron gave a bullish performance on BBC Question Time on Sunday (June 19) as he fought to convince voters to keep Britain in the bloc. Campaigning for Britain's vote on EU membership resumed on Sunday after a three-day hiatus prompted by the killing of pro-EU lawmaker Jo Cox. Cox's death has caused some commentators to question the tone of the debate, which has seen fiery rhetoric from both sides. Cameron said on Question Time that although the debate should be passionate, it should never be controlled by those motivated by "intolerance, hatred and division." Three opinion polls ahead of Thursday's (June 23) vote showed the 'Remain' camp recovering some momentum although the overall picture remained one of an evenly split electorate. Both sides sought to adopt a more measured style on Sunday, paying their respects to Cox but sticking closely to the immigration versus economy debate that has defined the campaign. Cameron himself addressed the issue, saying that the majority of immigration to Britain came from outside the EU and added that as the bloc's poorer countries get richer, because of their membership, then immigration to Britain should be reduced. "What I would say very frankly is that there are good ways of controlling immigration - and these welfare changes I think are good ways - and there are bad ways of controlling immigration and that I think will be leaving the single market, damaging our economy, costing jobs and hurting British working families in the process. That is not the right way to control immigration," he added. Having so closely tied himself to the result of the referendum, many have called for Cameron to resign if Britain votes to leave the union.

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EU debate shouldn't be based on hate – Cameron

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 01:04