LONDON (AA) – Britain’s David Cameron denied being a “closet Brexiteer” on Friday as he used the G7 summit to argue for his country’s continued membership of the European Union.
Cameron was responding to claims made by a former advisor, Steve Hilton, that he was secretly in favor of the U.K. withdrawing from the EU.
The U.K. premier urged voters to “listen to our friends” by pointing to assessments by G7 countries, as well as international organizations like the IMF and OECD, all of which have argued against Brexit.
Cameron also argued a British exit would not help curb immigration either.
“Let me say this to those who want to leave the single market and cause all the damage that would do to jobs and to growth and investment: I do not believe for one minute that the right way to control immigration is to wreck our economy," he told a news conference as the G7 summit in Japan concluded.
-British warship for Libya-
The U.K. leader also announced that Britain would send a warship to the Mediterranean to help tackle people-smugglers operating from Libya towards Europe.
Referring to Libya, he said: “That country, because of the state that it is in, is a danger to all of us – danger in terms of the migration flows that are going through Libya, a danger because of the people-smuggling gangs that are active in Libya, and a danger because there are real signs that Daesh is gaining a foothold in Libya.
“So clearly we have an interest in doing what we can to support the new government, to help it to grow, to help it have the ability to control that country.”