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Theresa-May_2508509bInrikesminister Theresa May (avbildad) has said the UK has to “stand tall and lead in Europe” rather than leaving the EU.

In her first speech of the campaign, May said the UK had “forgotten how to lead” in Europe and must re-assert itself to force change from within.

Membership made the UK “more secure from crime and terrorism”, she argued.

The UK could veto Turkey joining the EU, she added, after Vote Leave’s Michael Gove warned of an immigration free-for-all if the UK stayed in.

Gove, justice secretary, warned that five potential new members of the EU – Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania and Turkey – would result in millions more people having the right to move to the UK.

In her speech – and during a question and answer session – Mrs May admitted that being in the EU made it harder to control the “volume of immigration”. But she said the UK was able to control its border by blocking entry to terrorists.

She praised David Cameron’s leadership in trying to seek a better deal for the UK, but said the UK’s collective posture was too often to “blame Europe” for its problems and the UK “has to have more confidence to get things done” rather than “shouting from the sidelines”.

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May said the issue the British public faced on 23 June was how the UK “maximized” its “prosperity, security, influence and sovereignty”.

In a speech, which she said was an analysis of “the risks and opportunities” of EU membership rather than an attack on Leave campaigners, she said the post-war order had seen the UK and other countries “cede sovereignty in a controlled way” by co-operating to prevent a greater loss of sovereignty through military conflict or economic decline.

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May said the question was not whether the UK could “survive” outside the EU given that it was the world’s fifth largest economy which had “friendships and alliances across the world” – but whether the UK was “better off in or out”.

While “the sky would not fall” in the event of Brexit, she said she had concluded it was a matter of “hard-headed national interest” to remain in, based on security, trade and prosperity.

“Remaining in the EU does make the UK more secure, prosperous and influential beyond our shores,” she said.

She warned that leaving the EU could threaten the future of the United Kingdom – which she said was “at risk of dismemberment” by another Scottish independence referendum – and lead the US to search for “another strategic partner” within the EU.

När det gäller säkerhet sa hon att EU-medlemskapet gjorde det möjligt för Storbritannien att få tillgång till EU-omfattande information, såsom kriminalregister, för att låta Storbritannien avvisa grova brottslingar och terrorister vid gränsen, påskynda utlämningen av lagöverträdare och förenkla utvisningen av fångar .

The UK had extensive intelligence-sharing with the US and other allies outside the EU, she said but being excluded from the EU-wide information sharing would make the UK “less safe”.

EU-förändringar

However, she called for major changes to the way the UK did business in the EU, saying its attitude too often resembled a “defensive crouch”.

Hon sa att hon ville se Europaparlamentets och EG-domstolens makt minskad och hon signalerade också sitt motstånd mot ytterligare utvidgning genom att tillåta länder som Serbien och Albanien.

Regardless of the outcome of the referendum, she said she still believed the UK should leave the European Convention of Human Rights – saying it binds the hands of Parliament and adds “nothing to our prosperity”.

Pro-Brexit campaigners have attempted to return the EU debate to the issue of immigration after President Obama warned that the UK would be at the “back of the queue” for trade deals with the US, if it voted to leave the EU on 23 June.

Justice Secretary Michael Gove warned that five potential new members of the EU – Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania and Turkey – would result in millions more people having the right to move to the UK.

“Because we cannot control our borders – and because our deal sadly does nothing to change this fact – public services such as the NHS will face an unquantifiable strain as millions more become EU citizens,” he wrote i Times.

“There is a direct and serious threat to our public services, standard of living and ability to maintain social solidarity if we accept continued EU membership,” he added.

‘Immediate threat’

Former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, another leading Leave campaigner, said immigration was “out of control” and free movement of people rules meant the UK had to accept criminals coming into the country.

“An elected government in the UK elected on a platform to reduce immigration right now cannot deliver that because the EU is an open border,” he told Radio 4’s I dag.

“You cannot reject anyone unless you can demonstrate categorically that they pose an immediate threat to the life and livelihood of the UK.”

Pro-Brexit campaigners have attempted to return the EU debate to the issue of immigration after President Obama warned that the UK would be at the “back of the queue” for trade deals with the US, if it voted to leave the EU on 23 June.

Hans ingripande har setts som ett stort lyft för Remain-kampanjen.

Speaking on Monday, Boris Johnson said the EU had vetoed “modest” restrictions to free movement rules, such as requiring anyone coming to the UK to work to have a firm job offer.

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