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UK PM: Painting Turks as terrorists 'frankly appalling'

May 27, 2016 at 3:39 pm

British Prime Minister David Cameron has attacked the organisation campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union, saying its use of Turkey in its material was “frankly appalling”.

Cameron, who wants voters in his country to vote to remain part of the European Union in next month’s referendum, today said that Vote Leave’s statements on potential Turkish immigration were “a sign of desperation”.

His message came as the pro-Brexit campaign was criticised by the UK’s official statistics body for overstating the cost of EU membership.

“Vote Leave” campaign posters and television adverts routinely say Britain pays the European Union £350 million per week, but the UK Statistics Authority said the figure was “misleading”.

“Given the high level of public interest in the European Union referendum debate, it is vital that official statistics are used accurately, with important caveats and limitations explained,” Andrew Dilnot, chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, said.

“The U.K. Statistics Authority is disappointed to note that there continue to be suggestions that the UK contributes £350 million to the EU each week, and that this full amount could be spent elsewhere.”