According to David Cameron, the poorest and most vulnerable people in the UK would be hit hardest by the economic consequences of leaving the EU.
Leaving the union would be a “national error” Cameron wrote in an article for the Daily Mirror newspaper. He said leaving would see prices rise and threaten jobs, in a move that has been seen as an attempt to reach out to Labour voters.
The BBC reports:
The referendum takes place on 23 June, when voters in the UK will be asked whether they want the country to remain in, or leave, the European Union.
With less than six weeks to go before polling day, Mr Cameron continued to make his case for staying in the EU.
He said being in the union helped working people and British manufacturing.
“I’ve been in this job for six years now. Whatever you think of me, I know how Britain gets things done in the world,” he wrote in the Labour-supporting Daily Mirror.
“I’ve seen how free trade within Europe benefits working people. I’ve seen how manufacturing is boosted by trade deals the EU has done with the rest of the world.
“I’ve seen how shared intelligence keeps families safe. It’s my deep, considered, steadfast belief that leaving Europe would be a national error, a big mistake.”
He said three million people’s livelihoods were directly linked to trade with Europe, with “countless more” linked indirectly.
‘Create more jobs’
Mr Cameron’s comments comes as 306 business figures have signed a letter backing Vote Leave.
The letter, published in the Daily Telegraph, said being a member of the EU undermines British competitiveness and Brexit would “create more jobs”.