‘Leave’ want to di­vide the UK

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Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron has warned of the dan­gers of em­brac­ing “leave” cam­paigner Nigel Farage’s vi­sion of Bri­tain ahead of the coun­try’s ref­er­en­dum on its Euro­pean Union (EU) mem­ber­ship.

Farage, the UK In­de­pen­dence Party (UKIP) leader, wants to take Bri­tain “back­wards” and di­vide rather than unite, Cameron said, as both sides in the ref­er­en­dum de­bate pre­pared to make a fi­nal push be­fore the Thurs­day vote.

He made the ar­gu­ment in an ar­ti­cle in the Sun­day Tele­graph as the bat­tle­ground shifted to the news me­dia with large ral­lies still on hold be­cause of last week’s mur­der of Labour Party MP Jo Cox.

Cameron praised the com­pas­sion­ate vi­sion of an in­clu­sive Bri­tain up­held by Cox, who had pub­licly backed the “re­main” side, in con­trast to Farage and the other ad­vo­cates for a Bri­tish with­drawal from the 28na­tion EU bloc.

The leave cam­paign, headed by for­mer Lon­don Mayor Boris John­son, also turned to the in­flu­en­tial Sun­day news­pa­pers to press its case.

John­son told the Sun on Sun­day that a Bri­tish exit, or Brexit, of­fers vot­ers a “once in a life­time” chance to change Bri­tish life for the bet­ter. He said it would make a state­ment that would last through the ages. John­son had ini­tially planned a ma­jor rally yes­ter­day but it was can­celled af­ter the Cox mur­der. The UK par­lia­ment has been re­called for a spe­cial ses­sion to­day to honour her mem­ory. News­pa­per editorial boards weighed in yes­ter­day with The Sun­day Times and Sun­day Tele­graph urg­ing vot­ers to leave the EU. The Ob­server and the Mail on Sun­day en­dorsed stay­ing within the bloc. The Sun tabloid has ear­lier said it favours a Brexit. Both sides are ex­pected to re­sume full-scale cam­paign­ing ahead of the Thurs­day vote. Some an­a­lysts be­lieve both sides will use less in­flam­ma­tory rhetoric in the fi­nal days be­cause of the an­guish caused by Cox’s death last week.

CAM­PAIGN­ING: David Cameron (left) and Nigel Farage

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