PBC EU Update - 3rd June 2016

David Cameron comes under fire in the first televised debate of the referendum campaign

During a live 30-minute question session on Sky News, David Cameron issued a direct appeal to the British public not to commit an act of “economic self-harm” by voting to leave the European Union in an attempt to cut immigration. He insisted that leaving the EU would be a “roll of the dice” on the future of “our children and grandchildren”, and insisted: “Britain does not succeed when we quit.” Cameron repeatedly returned to the economic risks of choosing Brexit on 23rd June in what was the first televised debate of the referendum campaign.

Read more about this story here on Sky News, here on The Guardian and here on the BBC, here in The Mirror, and here in The Telegraph.

Vote Leave argues that Brexit would mean an end to VAT on fuel, but claims are called 'fantasy economics'

Leading Brexit campaigners have called for VAT on fuel bills to be scrapped, triggering an angry response from those fighting to stay in the EU that their opponents are promoting “fantasy economics”. Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Gisela Stuart have clashed with the chancellor over their claim that the EU is preventing the UK from cutting a tax that hits the poorest households hardest. Osborne said Brexit would push up taxes, including VAT.

Read more about this story here in the BBC, here in The Sun, here in The Guardian, and here in The Daily Mail.

Migration Watch report branded 'false and bogus' as it claims up to half a million refugee families could move to Britain using EU free movement rules after 2020

An ‘illustrative’ report published by think tank Migration Watch has predicted that as many as 10 percent of the Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis who are granted asylum in Europe will move to the UK once they get EU citizenship. The group, which campaigns for tighter border controls, said this meant the total “refugee inflow” to Britain in the coming years could hit as high as 480,000 – equal to the population of Edinburgh.

Read more about this story here in The Sun, here in The Guardian, here in The Daily Mail, and here in The Telegraph.

David Cameron is 'proud to campaign' alongside Sadiq Khan to stay in EU

David Cameron has hailed Labour’s Sadiq Khan as “a proud Muslim” and “a proud Brit” as he shared a platform with the London Mayor at an EU Remain rally. They were launching a Britain Stronger in Europe battle bus and pledge card. But Vote Leave said the PM’s criticisms of Mr.Khan during the mayoral contest less than a month ago showed he could not be trusted. Mr.Cameron repeatedly attacked Mr.Khan for having a history of sharing platforms with extremists – a claim firmly rejected by Mr.Khan – as part of the Conservatives’ failed campaign to get Zac Goldsmith electing to City Hall.

Read more about this story here in The BBC, here in The Independent, here in The Daily Mail, here in The Sun, and here in The Guardian.

Leave campaigners pledge 'fairer immigration' outside EU

Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Priti Patel, all of who sit in the main or political cabinet, said in a joint statement on Tuesday they favoured a “genuine Australian-style points-based immigration system… the automatic right of all EU citizens to come to live and work in the UK will end”. They went on to say this immigration system would be “fairer, more humane” as the EU free movement rules have hit wages and strained public services.

Read more about this story here in The Telegraph, here in The BBC, here in The Guardian, and here in The Sun.

Brexit could spread shockwaves through global economy, says OECD

Britain’s departure from the European Union poses as big a threat to the global economy as a “hard landing” in China, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development has said. The Paris-based think tank said Brexit would have significant costs not just for the UK and Europe, but for the rest of the world. Catherine Mann, the chief economist at the OECD, said the uncertainty caused by the referendum came at a time when the global economy was caught in a low-growth trap.

Read more about this story here in The Daily Mail, here in The Guardian and here in The BBC.

UK cannot and must not close borders to EU workers, says Jeremy Corbyn

Giving a speech to a crowd of Labour members in Westminster, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, said Britain “cannot and must not close the borders” to workers from the European Union, as he delivered his strongest argument yet for Britain to vote remain in the referendum.

Read more about this story here in The Guardian, here in The Independent, here in The BBC, here in the International Business Times and here in The Telegraph.