Prime Minister David Cameron made a patriotic appeal to Britons not to vote to leave the European Union next month by evoking the memories of wartime leader Winston Churchill.
“The European Union has helped reconcile countries which were at each others’ throats for decades,” Cameron said in a speech at the British Museum in central London on Monday. “Britain has a fundamental national interest in maintaining common purpose in Europe to avoid future conflict between European countries. And that requires British leadership, and for Britain to remain a member.”
With local council and regional elections out of the way, Cameron’s warring Conservative Party is now turning its attention to the June 23 referendum on whether to stay in the EU. Cameron’s address speaks to the core message of the Remain campaign that Britain is “stronger, safer and better off” within it.
“The serried rows of white headstones in lovingly tended Commonwealth war cemeteries stand as silent testament to the price that this country has paid to help restore peace and order in Europe,” Cameron said. “Can we be so sure that peace and stability on our continent are assured beyond any shadow of doubt?”
With polls indicating the vote may be finely balanced, the respective campaigns are rolling out their biggest names. Boris Johnson, whose eight years as London mayor came to an end after Thursday’s election, is set to make an intervention about the “liberal” case for leaving the 28-nation bloc.