FORMER Prime Minister, Sir John Major, will be accusing the EU Leave campaigners in the Conservative party of fuelling prejudice on immigration and turning into UKIP, in a speech today, May 13.
In a no-nonsense speech, Major, who is no stranger to multiculturalism, having grown up in Brixton, proposes certain MPs are risking creating divisions in society as they stir up fears for the sake of the campaign.
It has been reported he is due to say: “As the Leave arguments implode one by one, some of the Brexit leaders morph into UKIP, and turn to their default position – immigration,”
“This is their trump card. I urge them to take care. This is dangerous territory that – if handled carelessly – can open up long-term divisions in our society.”
The speech is planned at Oxford University in a high-profile intervention to support the Remain campaign.
He is also due to say: “We mustn’t overlook genuine concerns, but these should be expressed with care, honesty and balance. Not in a manner that can raise fears or fuel prejudice.
“The Leave campaign is crossing that boundary, and I caution them not to do so. We must not let emotions be stirred by false fear – nor allow that false fear to impair our judgement on the future of our country.”
Major has famously poured scorn on the Tory ‘Outers,’ and previously Iain Duncan Smith, Sir Bill Cash and Bernard Jenkin were against Major´s move to sign the Masstricht treaty which went ahead in the 1990´s.
Whilst typically reports from the ´Leave´ campaign including the Justice Secretary Michael Gove, are claiming the ´Remains´ are getting nervous.
He recently said: “I am struck by some of the language from Remain campaigners.
“It does suggest that they’re slightly rattled. I think some of the language and some of the postures from some of the Remain campaigners suggest that they feel a sense of entitlement.
“The fact that interventions like Barack Obama’s seem not to have affected the polls, and certainly not to have affected the polls in the way that the Remain camp would have thought, must be destabilising for some of them.”
Whilst the Conservatives are looking increasingly splintered, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn has encouraged young people to make sure their voices are being heard and vote in the referendum in June by launching a voter registration.
He said: “This is your chance to make it clear that a vote to remain is about taking control of your future.”
“The people who will be most affected by the decision we make in next month’s EU referendum will not be my generation, but your generation.
“It is young people who will make the difference in this referendum.”
Another keen remain campaigner, Harriet Harman has claimed that women´s rights will be at stake if the UK leaves the EU, as movements in equal pay and maternity pay will be at risk.
“And why should we trust the likes of Boris Johnson, Iain Duncan Smith or Nigel Farage with our rights as women,” she said. “Even if they say they’d guarantee not to go below the rights for women that the EU guarantees – I don’t trust them as far as I can throw them.”