14 Jun, 2016
Brexit to affect pensions, says Cameron
UK Prime Minister David Cameron sought to inject fresh energy into his campaign to keep Britain in the European Union, after some recent polls suggested momentum was growing for the campaign to leave the bloc ahead of a referendum this month.
Cameron’s intervention came after two polls put the pro-leave campaign in the lead ahead of the June 23 vote, although the majority of surveys still give the pro-EU side a slight advantage.
He warned that a vote for a British exit, or so-called Brexit, would hurt the UK economy, leaving the government with less money to spend on pensions and health care than it would have if the UK remained an EU member.
“If we vote ‘out,’ it is a decade of uncertainty, and we shouldn’t risk it,” Cameron said.
Those campaigning for Brexit have accused Cameron of scaremongering, and say Britain’s economy would thrive outside of the 28-member bloc.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: "Mr Cameron has gone from saying that he ruled nothing out and that Britain would do fine outside of the EU to threatening and attempting to blackmail the British people with falsehoods on a daily basis.
"Frankly I don't believe a word the Prime Minister says anymore."
And amid signs of panic in Downing Street, Tory aides were forced on the retreat last night.
They promised that retirement benefits would be guaranteed until at least 2020 whatever the result of the referendum on June 23.
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