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Cameron reaches out to Labour voters and warns Brexit would be 'national error'

Published 15/05/2016

David Cameron has warned that leaving the EU would be terrible mistake
David Cameron has warned that leaving the EU would be terrible mistake

David Cameron has warned that leaving the European Union would be a "national error" as he sought to reach out to Labour supporters in the referendum campaign.

In an article for the Labour-supporting Daily Mirror, the Prime Minister said he was backing Remain for the sake of jobs, security and Britain's place in the world.

"It's not every day you get a Tory Prime Minister writing in the Mirror. But then it's not every day we face a decision of this magnitude: whether to stay in the EU, or walk away," he said.

His intervention comes amid concerns in the Remain camp that they are encountering significant hostility to the EU in traditional Labour areas.

On Saturday, Jeremy Corbyn appealed to supporters at a Labour In rally in London to blame the Conservatives, not Brussels, for the problems facing the country.

In his article, Mr Cameron emphasised he had been campaigning alongside Labour former foreign secretary David Miliband and ex-TUC general secretary Sir Brendan Barber and praised Gordon Brown's "powerful and passionate" speech in support of Remain.

"I've been in this job for six years now. Whatever you think of me, I know how Britain gets things done in the world," he wrote.

"I've seen how free trade within Europe benefits working people. I've seen how manufacturing is boosted by trade deals the EU has done with the rest of the world. I've seen how shared intelligence keeps families safe.

"It's my deep, considered, steadfast belief that leaving Europe would be a national error, a big mistake."

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