David Cameron claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of ISIS would both be happy if Britain were to leave the European Union..
The British prime minister made hiscomments to reporters on Tuesday following a speech at Mansion House organized by the World Economic Forum, which was aimed at bolstering arguments for remaining in the EU.
Cameron’s claim comes a week after suggesting that a Brexit vote on June 23 could lead to World War Three breaking out in Europe.
The prime minister has previously warned that leaving the EU, known as Brexit, could play into the hands of Britain’s enemies. However, this was the first time he claimed the Daesh terrorist group would be “happy” to see the UK leave the 28-member bloc.
Cameron was responding to criticisms of a speech he made last week in which he said Britain’s exit from the EU would increase the risk of another world war.
“I never said if we leave on Thursday, World War Three breaks out on Friday,” he said.
However, Cameron then said “Putinmight be happy, I suspect al-Baghdadi might be happy.”
“Our friends around the world are giving us a very clear message, they are saying ‘it’s all up to you, it is your sovereign choice,’” he added.
The claim will lend more credence to allegations of fear-mongering by Brexit campaigners, who argue leaving the EU would give Britain greater control over its borders.
Both camps have highlighted the ramifications of leaving or remaining in the EU for national security against threats of terrorism.
The “Remain” campaign contends that pan-European security networks including Europol and the European Arrest Warrant help keep Britain safe and an exit would take away that advantage.
Boris Johnson, former London mayor and leader of the “Leave” campaign, has discredited Cameron’s EU negotiations as “meaningless.”
Johnson himself was accused of “crossing the boundaries” after he compared the EU’s unifying agenda to Adolf Hitler’s plans for domination of the continent.