‘No turning back’ after Brexit vote, David Cameron warns

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19th June 2016

Thursday’s referendum amounts to an “existential choice” about Britain’s future, David Cameron has said.

David Cameron today resumes campaigning for the UK to leave the European Union.
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The Leave and Remain sides have resumed campaigning today after a pause in the wake of the death of Labour MP Jo Cox.

Mr Cameron warned that there was “no turning back” from a decision to quit the EU and returned to the economic risks of Brexit, saying voting Leave would “squash” people’s opportunities to prosper.

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He told the Sunday Times: “Leave means leave for ever. There is no way back in...

“Out is out and if you had buyer’s remorse you could only get back in on the basis of joining the euro, Schengen and giving up the rebate and no one is ever going to want to do that.

"This is an irreversible decision with very bad consequences for the British economy.”

The Prime Minister has also written pieces for the Sunday Telegraph and the Sunday Express.

In the Telegraph, he attacked the Leave campaign’s vision for Britain.

He wrote: “I believe this referendum has now become a watershed moment for our country.

“And we are going to have to make a defining decision on Thursday: are we going to choose Nigel Farage’s vision– one which takes Britain backwards; divides rather than unites; and questions the motives of anyone who takes a different view.  

“Or will we, instead, choose the tolerant, liberal Britain; a country that doesn’t blame its problems on other groups of people; one that doesn’t pine for the past, but looks to the future with hope, optimism and confidence?

“I think the answer will determine what our country feels like for a very long time.”

George Osborne has issued a similar message in today’s Mail on Sunday, urging voters not to make Britain “quitters”.

“It would not be in keeping with who we are as a people. Not the British way,” the Chancellor wrote.

Meanwhile, a group of leading politicians – including Tony Blair, Lord Heseltine and Nick Clegg – have written an open letter to the Observer, hitting out at the Leave campaign for seeking to create an “us and them” atmosphere.

They said: “We have a chance as a country to reject division, isolationism and blame. To choose co-operation. For the future of our children, that is a chance we must take.”