A day before the crucial European Union referendum, where Britain will decide whether or not to remain with Eurozone, Prime Minister David Cameron made a last ditch attempt to keep the country in the union.
Cameron pleaded the British voters to think of the consequences of their “momentous decision” on the “hopes and dreams” of their children and grandchildren.
In his 10-minute televised statement from 10 Downing Street, Cameron stressed that voting to remain within the 28-nation economic bloc in Thursday’s referendum would make the United Kingdom safer and more prosperous.
“Britain does not quit, we get involved, take a lead, make a difference and get things done. It will just be you in that polling booth. Just you, taking a decision that will affect your future, your children’s future, your grandchildren’s future,” the PM said.
“I believe very deeply from my years of experience that we will be stronger, we will be safer, we will be better off inside Europe.”
Cameron warned that future generations would be left with a damaged, diminished economy if Britain became the first country to withdraw from the EU in the bloc’s 60-year history.
“And remember they can’t undo the decision we take. If we vote out, that’s it. It is irreversible. We will leave Europe for good, and the next generation will have to live with the consequences far longer than the rest of us,” he added.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday two separate surveys put the ‘Remain’ camp ahead of the Brexit camp. An ORB poll for ‘The Daily Telegraph’ found that the ‘Remain’ campaign attracted 53 per cent of definite voters while the ‘Leave’ campaign had 46 per cent.
However, leading pollster John Curtice’s cautioned that the situation was so close that the vote could swing either way.
Another survey by YouGov for ‘The Times’ gave ‘Leave’ 51 per cent and a 49 per cent to the ‘Remain’ side.
In the last couple of days, celebrity soccer player David Beckham also rooted for the ‘Remain’ camp.
“… if we leave they (EU) don’t stop meeting and making decisions that affect us, but they’ll be making decisions about us but without us in the room and that would be bad for Britain, ” explained the PM.
His intervention just days ahead of the June 23 referendum is likely to help swing many of those still undecided voters.
Not just him, a host of major British retail giants, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer, also added their weight behind the ‘Britain Stronger In Europe’ campaign, warning of price rises and higher inflation if UK was to leave the union.
Leading economic institutions in Britain – the Institute for Fiscal Studies, NIESR, and the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance have warned quitting the EU’s single market would make the UK “financially worse off”.
Several Nobel prize-winning economists, scientists and academics said “the economic arguments are clearly in favour of remaining in the EU”.
The momentum seems to be shifting behind the Remain camp as the opposing camp comes across as increasingly divisive.
One of Vote Leave’s star campaigners, former London mayor Boris Johnson, accused Downing Street of pressuring business experts.
“I can’t tell you the pressure Project Fear and Remain put on senior business people not to articulate their views.
Everyone has an interest one way or another keeping friendly with government. I do not wish in any way to be disparaging or critical of my friends in government but it is well known there is an operation in Downing Street,” he said.
(With inputs from agencies)