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Tusk appeals to UK voters: 'Stay with us'

Donald Tusk urged Britain to stay in the EU. Credit: APTN

European Council President Donald Tusk told British voters "stay with us" days before the UK goes to the polls over its EU membership.

He warned that a Brexit would weaken not just Europe but the Western world.

"I would like to appeal to the British citizens, on behalf, I know that for a fact, of almost all Europeans and European leaders: Stay with us," he said.

But he said despite the risks, they would keep up the determination to spend on the Eurozone in the future.

We are aware of the risks... that could come with a possible Brexit. In no way are we downplaying the economic cost that would accompany a potential Brexit. I have no doubt however that we are already prepared for the day after referendum.

– European Council President Donald Tusk

Leading Tory defects to Remain over 'hate and xenophobia'

Baroness Warsi Credit: Reuters

Leading Conservative Baroness Warsi has switched from supporting Leave to Remain, accusing some Brexit campaigners of spreading "hate and xenophobia".

The former Foreign Office minister said the final straw was a Ukip poster showing migrants queuing up to get into Europe under the slogan "Breaking Point".

Lady Warsi told The Times: "That 'breaking point' poster really was - for me - the breaking point to say, 'I can't go on supporting this'.

"Are we prepared to tell lies, to spread hate and xenophobia just to win a campaign? For me that's a step too far."

The newspaper originally had "defects" in its headline but later changed it to "walks out".

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship tweeted:

Lady Warsi was the first female Muslim to ever attend Cabinet, and was previously chair of the Conservative Party.

She resigned from the Government in 2014, saying she could not support its position on the conflict in Gaza.


David Cameron: Idea of Turkey entering EU is 'red herring'

David Cameron explained to applause that he believes the question of Turkey joining the EU is "the biggest red herring in this whole referendum debate".

"I can't find a single expert anywhere in the country or in Europe that thinks Turkey is going to join the EU in the next few decades."

"To join, you've got to negotiate 35 chapters. They've done one."

He went on to explain that leaflets from Leave have claimed several things that he says are not true.

"Look, if we want to vote to leave this organisation, let's vote to leave it," he said. "But let's not do it on the basis of three things that are completely untrue."

David Cameron says Brexit leaves us 'outside the room'

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"If we leave this organisation forever, we don't take back control," David Cameron told a studio audience at BBC's special Question Time programme about the EU referendum.

Britain will be "outside the room" while French, Germans and Italians are working to figure out how to fight terrorism and how to make things better for Europeans, he argued.

"They'll be deciding the rules and regulations for our continent," he said, "and we should be there fighting.

"Britain doesn't quit, we fight, and that's how we win."

Cameron: 'I think it's right to stay' even if we leave EU

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The Prime Minister was directly challenged about his position after the referendum, with one audience member on BBC's Question Time asking how he could possibly remain as Prime Minister if Vote Leave win.

"I promised this renegotiation, I carried it out," he said. "I promised a referendum, we're having it.

"I will take and obey the instructions of the British people, and on that basis I think it's right to stay."

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