Tuesday 6 December 2016

David Cameron warns that Isis will be 'happy' with Brexit

Jack Maidment

Published 17/05/2016 | 13:36

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron addresses members of a World Economic Forum event focusing on Britain's EU referendum in London, May 17, 2016
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron addresses members of a World Economic Forum event focusing on Britain's EU referendum in London, May 17, 2016

David Cameron has suggested Islamic State (IS) would be happy if the UK votes to leave the European Union on June 23.

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Answering questions after delivering a myth-busting speech on the EU referendum at Mansion House in the City of London, the Prime Minister posed a rhetorical question asking "who would be happy" if the nation does vote for Brexit.

He then said Russian president Vladimir Putin would welcome such an outcome, before adding that "I suspect al-Baghdadi" would, too.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of the IS terror group, also known as Isis and Daesh.

Mr Cameron said: "It is worth asking the question: Who would be happy if we left?

"Putin might be happy, I suspect al-Baghdadi might be happy.

"Our friends around the world are giving us a very clear message, they are saying 'it's all up to you, it is your sovereign choice'.

"But our friends in Australia and New Zealand and America and all around the world and all round Europe, they are saying 'it's all up to you, its all your choice, but we would like you to stay, we think it's good for us and it's good for you'."

Boris Johnson, during a visit to Stafford, told reporters he believed it was "a bit much" to suggest IS is an ally of Leave supporters.

The prominent Vote Leave campaigner said he did not believe in getting involved in "artificial media twit storms", adding: "One might argue it's a bit much to start comparing people arguing for freedom in this country or the restoration of democracy in this country to say our allies are Putin and Daesh.

"I think that's a bit much, really."

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