Cameron warns of Brexit humiliation
Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday warned of abject humiliation for Britain if it quits the EU, as rival camps resumed a frequently acrimonious referendum battle shaken by the shock murder of lawmaker Jo Cox.
Four days ahead of a referendum that could rewrite the political and economic destiny of Europe, the two sides launched a last-straight push for public support as latest polls showed the 'In' camp gaining ground.
"If you're not sure, don't take the risk of leaving. If you don't know, don't go," Cameron pleaded in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper.
There will be no turning back from the "existential choice" made on European Union membership on June 23, the British leader told voters, predicting dire consequences of going it alone.
"It would be a one-off and permanent diminution in our standing in the world; an abject and self-imposed humiliation for a proud and important country like ours," he said.
The tightly-fought campaign had paused for three days to mourn Cox, a 41-year-old mother-of-two and active Remain campaigner who was stabbed and shot in the northern English village of Birstall on Thursday. It was the first murder of a sitting British member of parliament since 1990.
The Sunday Mirror newspaper, citing its own ComRes polling, said there had been a "dramatic swing" in the mood of voters, attributing it to "The Jo effect".
The What UK Thinks website's average of the last six polls, conducted between June 10 and Saturday, put the 'In' and 'Out' camps level at 50-50. The 'Out' camp had been a few percentage points ahead in recent polling, but fresh surveys showing a rise in support for 'In' brought the average neck-and-neck.
A Survation poll conducted on Friday and Saturday put 'In' at 45 percent and 'Out' at 42 percent -- the reverse of its findings on Thursday.
While the 'In' camp has tried to focus on the potential economic damage that Brexit could inflict, the 'Out' campaign has held out the promise of Britain taking better control of mass immigration if it leaves the EU.
Meanwhile, UK's Sunday newspapers picked sides in their final editions before the vote.
The Mail on Sunday and The Observer gave their support to the 'In' camp, while The Sunday Times and The Sunday Telegraph broadsheets backed quitting the EU. The Sunday Telegraph declared that the EU "belongs to the past" while The Sunday Times said "Yes, we must be prepared for difficulties, but we should hold our nerve" in voting Leave.