Last night saw a Referendum ‘grilling’ from a live audience towards the Eurosceptic leave campaigner Nigel Farage and the Europhile remain campaigner, the Prime Minister David Cameron.
During the TV debate, Nigel Farage has said he has been “demonised” for his views on immigration as he and David Cameron faced questions in a live EU TV debate.
The UKIP leader faced accusations of “inflammatory” scaremongering during exchanges with members of the public.
But he insisted there was wide support for “getting a grip” on migration, including from ethnic minority groups.
The PM David Cameron said there were “good and bad ways” to control immigration but warned against a “Little England” stance.
Mr Farage and Mr Cameron did not debate head-to-head but appeared in turn on the ITV referendum special – hosted by Julie Etchingham – each facing half-an-hour of questions on the economy, immigration, security and sovereignty from the 200-strong audience.
So, what did they argue?
According to the BBC, UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who was making the case for the UK to leave the EU, argued the 28-member union was “done for” economically and that even if UK firms had tariffs imposed on them after leaving, this would cost less than the amount the UK was currently giving to Brussels.
“No deal is better than the rotten deal that we have at the moment,” he said.
Furthermore, he pressed on the Leave campaign’s plans to stop EU migrants having the automatic right to live and work in the UK, Mr Farage said he accepted that migrants did make a contribution to the UK economy but “the real truth is that there is more to life than GDP” and the reality was that “ordinary decent Britons” had had “a rotten time” in recent years.
The BBC quote that when addressing the same audience, Mr Cameron outlined he was ‘frustrated’ by the EU, but this was not a justification for walking away, saying he wanted to lead a country that was a “fighter not a quitter”.
“The right thing to do is to fight for a great Britain in the EU and not take the Little England option of Nigel Farage,” he said.
He argued there was a growing consensus that a vote to leave the UK would “put jobs at risk and shrink the economy”, criticising Mr Farage for downplaying the economic arguments.
“GDP is the size of our economy. It is the combination of all the wealth our country creates. He (Farage) is basically saying it doesn’t really matter. He is so keen to get us out of Europe that he is prepared to sacrifice jobs and growth along the way.”
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