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Ipswich young voters put their questions to the prime minister

PUBLISHED: 15:36 29 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:37 29 February 2016

Prime Minister David Cameron holds a Q&A with students at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich ahead of the EU referendum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 29, 2016. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron holds a Q&A with students at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich ahead of the EU referendum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 29, 2016. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron had young voters in his sights urging students in Ipswich to help keep Britain in the European Union.

The prime minister dismissed accusations of scaremongering as he took a raft of questions from Suffolk schools and colleges at University Campus Suffolk.

Asked by radiography student Carolyn Roberts about claims the “in” campaign had launched “Project Fear” to fight a negative battle over the poll, Mr Cameron said he was only interested in “Project Fact”.

He added: “This is not about raising concerns and worries which aren’t there - they are real concerns and worries based on fact.”

Mr Cameron pointed to the length of time it took Canada and Switzerland to negotiate free trade agreements with the EU.

He added that major economies would negotiate deals with the EU first and the UK second.

“There is without doubt uncertainty if we leave,” he said.

“It will take at least two years to work out our relationship with the EU.”

Mr Cameron said he had no intention of resigning should the poll go against him, adding: “I don’t want to cloud the issue.”

“This referendum is about one question, it’s not about any one politician’s future or one Government’s future,” he said.

The vote represented a choice between a “Greater Britain inside the EU” or a “leap in the dark” outside of it.

He added: “We don’t do this as some sort of project of national vanity, we do it because Britain benefits.

“Of course we’re a great country and a great power but I would argue that our membership of the EU also helps us to be strong in the world and to get things done.”

Mr Cameron said the newly negotiated deal did not necessarily represent an end to the UK’s changing relationship with the EU.

“There will in future be other occasions, probably when other EU countries want to change the treaties, to maybe address even more of the concerns that the British people have,” he said.

A university staff member challenged Mr Cameron over whether EU membership fees could be better spent on education funding and student maintenance.

He said the university system was stronger inside a “strong and growing economy”.

Mr Cameron ended the event by apologising for technical issues with crackling microphones and saying he hoped a girl who fainted during the session was well.

9 comments

  • He knows that these gullible young sheep can be easily led or frightened, simple as that. For every student who knows their own mind, there are ten who can be herded in any direction tutors or politicians choose. That`s why advertising departments constantly target this age group BA! BA! BA! Stop being manipulated and be patriotic for once in your lives!

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    Supernova6

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Waspie's wife..I'd like to see all leaders see the real side of places they visit. Whistle stop tours, to selected venues, does not give them a true picture, nor makes them available to questions from a variety of ages of the public. Towns want to project the best and sadly all those issues that really affect day to day life of residents, who pay council tax, have mortgages and pay rent, are not listened to.

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    waspie

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

  • I'd like to see the Prime Minister address some of the issues affecting CLOWNS for once.

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    The Clown

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

  • He knows they don't know what life was like before E.U. meddling! I hear they are holding off dictating to us which kettles and vacuum cleaners to buy. They have decimated our fishing industry. Still meddling on bass fishing. He is hampering his own elected ministers form handling documents regarding E.U. Now seems to want to cull grass roots Tories.who he has alienated anyway.Trying to exert more control, so they don't elect a more Euro sceptic future leader. I always suspected he was a Liberal. Pity he didn't visit Norwich road end. He could have chatted to police about dispersal orders and maybe hugged a hoodie.

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    waspie

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

  • 18. It was covered in the Q&A

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    justsaying...

    Monday, February 29, 2016

  • I would not trust a word that man says, the whole referendum is loaded against the out campaign both by him and the Main Stream Media. It will not be fair nor above board

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    Landshark

    Monday, February 29, 2016

  • Cameron talks about 'facts' but has never revealed any to support his argument. Vague references to jobs and trade are all he has ever uttered whereas evidence for leaving the grotesque and corrupt EU has been clear for some time. Addressing students is merely an attempt to brainwash them with his rhetoric and the girl who fainted probably did so because she couldn't believe the nonsense she was hearing!!!

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    Cynical Sid

    Monday, February 29, 2016

  • Trebor60, you can bet with Cameron targeting the more easily impressed voter the age will be lower. Over at spotted in Ipswich & Suffolk we have been running a poll over the weekend and so far it is a landslide victory for getting out of the EU. With the big vote on the EU looming closer we have been running a poll this weekend, very interesting outcome so far but will this be the outcome in June. Have your say today and take our vote. https:www.surveymonkey.co.ukr9HLJVP9

    EU Poll

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    Mark Spotted

    Monday, February 29, 2016

  • Can someone please confirm whether the lower voting age for this referendum is going to be 18 or, 16 as in the Scottish referendum please?

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    TREBOR60

    Monday, February 29, 2016

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