British Prime Minister David Cameron flies a patriotic flag as he urges his country to stay in the European Union. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Prime Minister David Cameron made a "big, bold, patriotic case" for Britain to stay in the European Union on Monday (May 9), saying membership helped protect the country and boosted its power on the world stage. In a speech setting out the security argument for Britain to vote to remain in the EU, Cameron told an audience of diplomats and campaigners: "I want to show that if you love this country, if you want to keep it strong in the world and keep our people safe, our membership of the EU is one of the tools that helps us to do these things." Cameron drew on British military history, invoking the memory of war leader Winston Churchill to bolster his case that "isolationism has never served this country well", adding: "Whenever we turn our back on Europe, sooner or later we come to regret it. We've always had to go back in and always at a much higher cost." "This is a decision also about our place in the world, about how we keep our country safe, how Britain can get things done in Europe and across the world, and not just accept a world dictated by others." He also challenged "Out" campaigners, which include some of his closest allies, to show how Britain would be safer and better off if the country left the 28-member bloc, saying they were "asking us to take a massive risk with the future of our economy and the future of our country". Voters in a June 23 referendum will decide whether Britain stays in the EU or leaves. Polls suggest the vote is too close to call and Cameron faces stiff opposition from "Out" campaigners within his own cabinet and Conservative party.