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Leave and Remain go head to head in EU referendum debate

Members of the 'Remain' and 'Leave' camps have clashed in the ITV Referendum Debate, with accusations of lying and scaremongering thrown back and forth ahead of the vote in two weeks time.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Angela Eagle and Amber Rudd appeared on behalf of Vote Remain. Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom and Gisela Stuart represented Vote Leave.

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Nicola Sturgeon: Let's look at what being in the EU gives us

Nicola Sturgeon, speaking for Remain, used her closing speech in the ITV EU debate to outline Britain's gains from being in Europe, urging voters: "Let's keep hold of all of these."

She said from being in the EU Britain has gained:

  • "The longest uninterrupted period of peace in modern history"
  • "The world biggest single market of 500 million to sell our goods and services into"
  • "Guaranteed protection for workers so that big multi-nationals and right-wing politicians can't force a race to the bottom"
  • "Freedom for all of us to travel freely in Europe"
  • "The ability by working together to tackle more effectively big challenges like climate change and security that no country can deal with alone"

None of that has meant giving up on independence ... we're independent countries that choose to work together for the greater good, let's keep hold of all of these gains.

– Nicola Sturgeon

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