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David Cameron in cross-party push to head off Brexit campaign

Published 05/06/2016

Mortgages are set to rocket by nearly £1,000 a year if Britain quits the European Union, David Cameron has warned.
Mortgages are set to rocket by nearly £1,000 a year if Britain quits the European Union, David Cameron has warned.

David Cameron with join forces with leading figures from the left to accuse members of his own Cabinet of conning the British public.

The Prime Minister, backed by Labour's Harriet Harman, Liberal Democrat Tim Farron and the Greens' Natalie Bennett, will ramp up the pressure on the Leave camp by calling for it to spell out an economic plan for the UK if it quits the bloc.

Both camps will hold high profile events after a weekend of heightened party divisions as the tensions of the referendum campaign took their toll.

Former prime minister Sir John Major used a television interview on to brand Mr Johnson a "court jester" and accuse the Leave camp of being "deceitful".

Lord Prescott said Labour was "absolutely" failing to galvanise its supporters and admitted leader Jeremy Corbyn was "not a passionate man".

Mr Cameron, Ms Harman, Mr Farron and Ms Bennett, will unveil a dossier on the "often contradictory" statements the Leave campaign has made on the economy and claim it has had 23 positions on the alternative to the single market.

Refusing to set out an economic plan for Brexit is " reckless and undemocratic" because it denies voters the chance to assess what they are voting on, they will argue.

"It's time for the Leave campaign to outline their economic plan for Britain outside Europe," they will say.

"They are perpetuating an economic con‐trick on the British people, and we're calling time on it.

"The British public deserve better than being asked to roll the dice."

Vote Leave chief executive Matthew Elliott said Mr Cameron's attack was a sign of desperation.

He said: " This is desperate stuff from an increasingly desperate campaign. Number 10 are panicking and are resorting to petty personal attacks because they know they are losing the arguments. People are rejecting their pessimistic campaign of doom in favour of our positive vision for Britain's future."

Britain's biggest trade unions are warning their six million members that quitting the EU would allow a Tory government to dismantle worker rights on parenting, holidays and equality.

In a letter to the Guardian, union leaders, including the general secretaries of Unite, Unison, the GMB and Usdaw, warned the Conservatives would "negotiate away our rights" if voters backed Brexit.

"Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s the British trade union movement worked in solidarity with our European partners and fought hard to secure valuable working rights legislation at EU level," they said.

"To this day these rights - including maternity and paternity rights, equal treatment for full time, part-time and agency workers and the right to paid leave - continue to underpin and protect working rights for British people.

"If Britain leaves the EU we are in no doubt these protections would be under great threat. Despite words to the contrary from figures like Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Gove, the Tories would negotiate our exit and, we believe, would negotiate away our rights.

"We simply do not trust this government if they are presented with an unrestricted, unchecked opportunity to attack our current working rights."

Senior Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg said Sir John's attack was "hypocritical and untrue" and was fuelled by the ex-premier's "bitterness" over his own failings on Europe.

"What we have heard today are the bitter ramblings of a vengeful man," he told BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour.

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