: Independent: David Cameron says Isis and Vladimir Putin 'might be happy' with Brexit

14:23 May. 18, 2016

Independent: David Cameron says Isis and Vladimir Putin 'might be happy' with Brexit

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during the final session at the Anti-Corruption Summit in London, Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Images)

The Prime Minister's claims come hot on the heels of Boris Johnson's controversial comparison between Brussels and Hitler

Isis would welcome Britain leaving the European Union, David Cameron has claimed.

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Taking questions following a speech at Mansion House organised by the World Ecomomic Forum, Mr Cameron said he suspected Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terror group's leader, would be happy with Brexit.

Mr Cameron has said in the past that leaving the EU could play into the hands of Britain's enemies, but this is thought to be the first time he has suggested Isis would actively want to see the UK leave the EU. 

The Prime Minister was responding to criticisms of a speech he gave last week, in which he said a new conflict in Europe could not be ruled out. He urged voters not to take a risk on Brexit, saying: "I never said if we leave on Thursday, World War Three breaks out on Friday". 

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However, he added that Russian President Vladimir Putin would welcome Brexit, adding "I suspect al-Baghdadi" would, too.  

The claim will inevitably lead to further allegations of scaremongering by the Government. However, both campaigns have highlighted the ramifications of leaving or remaining in the EU for Britain's security against terror threats. 

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