David Cameron expresses referendum turnout 'fears'

Posted On: 
20th March 2016
David Cameron has expressed his “fear” that Britain could leave the EU if people believe the referendum result is a foregone conclusion.

The Prime Minister also further rejected claims that he has been extolling scare stories about the UK’s prospects outside of the bloc while campaigning to remain in the EU.

Speaking to the Independent on Sunday in its final edition, Mr Cameron urged parents to “think about your children” when coming to a conclusion in the referendum campaign.


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He also warned Remain voters against complacency going into the referendum on 23 June.

“My fear is turnout,” he told the IoS.

“I think a lot of people might think: ‘Well, in the end, it’s the rational thing to stay, but I’ll let other people make that choice for me.’ Don’t. This is very close, no doubt about it.

“Whether you either passionately think we should stay in, or on balance think we should stay in, or on a balance of risks think we should stay in – for heaven’s sake get out and vote in, because you might wake up and find out you’re out.”

Mr Cameron insisted those calling for the UK to stay in the EU has all the “strongest arguments” but conceded “there is also a very important inter-generational and emotional case that needs to be made.”

“It’s not frightening people, talking about the alternatives – it’s just ‘project reality’. We’ve just got to talk about what life might be like,” he said.