David Cameron and Sadiq Khan team up for EU Remain fight
David Cameron and Sadiq Khan have joined forces to drum up support for Britain remaining in the European Union.
The Prime Minister and Mayor of London unveiled the pro-EU campaign’s pledge card and battle bus at a Britain Stronger in Europe event this morning.
The five pledges on the card were full access to the EU’s single market, protection of workers’ rights, the European Arrest Warrant, the UK’s ‘special status’ within the EU, and economic stability.
Mr Cameron's appearance with the new mayor raised eyebrows after the Conservatives were criticised for running what was branded a “negative” and “racist” campaign against Mr Khan's mayoral bid.
The Prime Minister used House of Commons privilege in April to suggest Mr Khan was sympathetic to Islamic extremists and had shared platforms with them numerous times.
But today he offered an olive branch to the new occupant at City Hall, congratulating him on his victory and adding:
“In one generation, someone who is a proud Muslim, a proud Brit and a proud Londoner can become mayor of the greatest city on earth – that says something about our country.
“Yes, there are still barriers to opportunity that we have to get rid of, there are still glass ceilings we have got to smash, there is still discrimination in our country that we have to fight.
“But I have always said, and I say it again today standing alongside our new mayor, that we can claim to be on track to be the best multi-faith, multi-ethnic, multi-opportunity democracy anywhere on earth.
"We should be proud of that.”
'WE JUST DON'T KNOW'
The Prime Minister also seized on a comment made by Ukip MEP Diane James, who last week said the Leave camp “just don't know” whether people would require visas to travel around Europe if the UK votes to exit.
“You ask them about whether there would be a recession, 'we just done know',” he mocked.
“You ask them how bad the effect would be on unemployment, 'we just don't know'."
Mr Cameron added: “I tell you this, 'we just don't know' isn't good enough for the British people.”
Mr Khan made a pitch encouraging young people to register to vote on 23 June, and added that the referendum would have implications far into the future:
“We are wealthier, we are healthier and we are better educated than many, many others of previous generations," he told the campaign rally.
“And why is that? It's because of good decisions taken by previous generations.
“But now it's our turn to make decisions that will affect future generations to come.”
'TAKE BACK CONTROL'
But Vote Leave offered its own five-point picture of what Remain would look like, including sending further money to Brussels, facing greater immigration into the UK and being subject to regulation it said costs British companies £600m a week.
It also said Britain would be unable to remove criminals and terrorists from the UK due to EU human rights laws, and would have to pay £43bn in tax refunds to multinationals.
Vote Leave chief executive Matthew Elliott said: “If people vote to stay, they are voting for the free movement of people from Europe to the UK, permanently.
"This will get worse when Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey join the EU.
“If we Vote Leave on 23 June, we take back control of our money, our borders and our democracy. That’s the safer option for our future.”