Cameron Slaps Down Cabinet Member Over `Campaign of Fear' Remark

  • `Brexit' campaign highlights splits in ruling Conservatives
  • Prime Minister will `speak plainly' on what he regards as best

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s office rejected comments by Chris Grayling, leader of the House of Commons and a member of the cabinet, that the government is running a “relentless campaign of fear” about the risks of Britain leaving the European Union.

A government document published on Monday warned of a decade of uncertainty if Britain opts to exit the EU in the referendum to be held on June 23. The premier has used risks to the economy as a key theme in public meetings aimed at convincing voters to stay.

“The real uncertainty is voting to stay in an EU which is already struggling with the euro crisis, the migration crisis, and a youth unemployment crisis,” Grayling said in a statement responding to the report. “It is safer to take back control and spend our money on our priorities.”

Cameron’s spokeswoman, Helen Bower, said Grayling’s allegation of scaremongering was wrong and defended the right of the prime minister and the government to make the case for a vote to stay. She also said there have been no formal complaints about a ruling that anti-EU ministers should be denied access to some government documents related to the bloc.

“The prime minister would completely reject that,” Bower told reporters in London when asked about Grayling’s comment. Cameron will continue “to speak plainly about what the government believes is right for the country and that is that we will be better off, stronger and safer staying in a reformed EU,” she said.

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