EU Referendum

Believe in Britain urges IDS as he slams Cameron’s Project Fear campaign

FORGET a “leap into the dark”, leaving Europe would be a “stride into the light” for Britain, one of David Cameron’s top ministers said today.

Iain Duncan Smith

GETTY   Iain Duncan Smith issued a rallying call against David Cameron’s ‘Project Fear’ this morning

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith derided Mr Cameron for not believing in the UK and blasted the in group’s ‘Project Doom’ campaign.He said on the Andrew Marr show this morning: “The in campaign’s whole strategy seems to be about ‘oh it’s terrible, hang on for fear of something worse’.

“It’s been about saying we’re too small, we’re too little, we’re too inconsequential.”

Iain Duncan Smith

BBC    Iain Duncan Smith said on the Andrew Marr show this morning that Britain was “the greatest on earth”

 He took a dig at his Prime Minister, who is campaigning against Brexit, saying: “I don’t know why anyone would want to run a country like this.”

He added: “Instead of those who think it’s a leap into the dark, I think it’s a stride into the light.

“I think it’s about hope versus pessimism and I think people will vote for that.”

Iain Duncan Smith

GETTY   The former Tory leader slammed David Cameron: ‘Who would want to run a country like this?’

 In a spirited call to arms, he said the country was “the greatest on earth” and urged voters to ignore the in campaign’s scaremongering.

He said: “Britain is a phenomenal country, the fifth largest in the world. It has stood alone and fought for freedom, it has traded, it has been a global trader, it can yet again be a global trader.

“Why would we have such a low opinion of the British people that we go out and talk bout leaping into the dark, we talk about profound shocks, we talk about them not being capable, that we’re too small.

“I have a different view. I think Britain is a great country. The people here are inventive, innovative, they will find a way with us to actually have a real deal that gives Britain access to the world and access to Europe.”

He said Europe needed Britain more than Britain needed Europe, declaring that the country could secure a free market role even from outside the union.The former Tory party leader said: “If you look at Germany, for example, we are Germany’s third biggest trading partner – about one per cent behind their greatest, which is France.

“America is their second biggest trading partner but – oh! – they’re not in the single market!

“They’re not in the European Union. They have a real requirement to trade with us, a desperate one, and we will trade with them.”

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