EXCL: David Cameron 'Pinocchio' on EU claims - Iain Duncan Smith

Posted On: 
2nd June 2016

Iain Duncan Smith has compared David Cameron to Pinocchio after the Prime Minister claimed he would support the UK joining the European Union if it were not already a member.

Iain Duncan Smith compares the Prime Minister to Pinocchio.
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The House magazine

In a Sky News special tonight, Mr Cameron claimed the UK had “special status” by being a member of the European Union but not in the Schengen area or eurozone.

“I would argue we have the best of both worlds,” he said.

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When asked whether he would advocate Britain joining the organisation, rather than just remaining in it, Mr Cameron said he would on the UK’s current terms.

“If I were offered the terms of another country, that would be a different matter,” the Conservative leader added.

But Mr Duncan Smith, who served in Mr Cameron’s Cabinet until March, suggested he thought the Prime Minister was not telling the truth.

Asked by PoliticsHome whether he believed the PM’s assertion, the former Work and Pensions Secretary said: “What do you think? What do you really think? I thought Pinocchio was definitely on offer tonight.”

Summing up Mr Cameron’s performance, he said he had been "squirming". 

“I thought that was pretty difficult for him tonight I’m afraid. Not one of his greatest performances,” he surmised.

The Tory MP has previously used the same Pinocchio comparison for George Osborne after the Chancellor said house prices would plunge in the event of Brexit.