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Leading Tory defects to Remain over 'hate and xenophobia'

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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."

David Cameron: Leaving EU is 'irreversible'

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Prime Minister David Cameron was asked why he held the referendum when he so fervently believes in remaining in.

He said, "I think some questions are so big, that it's right they are answered by the people and not the politicians.

"I don't think we should be frightened of the people making a decision and I'll accept that decision whatever it is.

He said that he believes such a decision to leave would be "irreversible".

"I think if we vote to leave, I don't think there's any prospect of rejoining," he added. "If you were trying to rejoin, you'd have to join the single currency, you'd have to join the Schengen no borders zone, you'd have to give up the British rebate."

He says it is a final decision: "You can't jump out of the airplane as it were, and scramble back into the cockpit hatch."

Prime Minister: 'Nobody wants cuts to public spending'

The Prime Minister on the BBC's EU Referendum Question Time special Credit: BBC

"Nobody wants to have cuts to public spending or putting up taxes," David Cameron said in response to David Dimbleby pointing out the Chancellor's threat of a 'Brexit Budget' on the BBC's Question Time special.

"I'm absolutely convinced that our economy will suffer if we leave," he said, saying that the single market is where "almost half of what we sell overseas goes".

"It stands to common sense" that growth and employment will suffer, he said.

He stressed that leaving the EU would leave a "hole" in public finances to the tune of "20 to 40 billion pounds", and that in response Britain will "have to" allow borrowing to rise, put up taxes, or cut spending.

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