We can control migration inside EU, says PM

We can control migration inside EU, says PM

The live Q&A and questions from a studio audience on Sky News was Mr Cameron's first major TV event of the EU referendum campaign. Justice Secretary Michael Gove has admitted he is feeling "nervous" as he prepares to take part in a similar programme on the channel on Friday evening but says he is hoping to "allay people's fears" about leaving the EU.

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David Cameron has said migration can be managed if the UK remains inside the EU and it would be “madness” to try to control it by voting to leave.

He said he did not accept that his pledge to cut immigration below 100,000 could not be achieved within the EU.

In a live Q&A on Sky News, he said leaving the EU and the single market would “trash” the UK economy.

Vote Leave’s Iain Duncan Smith said the studio audience were “fed up with the scaremongering” of the Remain campaign.

‘Right ambition’

The live Q&A and questions from a studio audience on Sky News was Mr Cameron’s first major TV event of the EU referendum campaign.

Justice Secretary Michael Gove has admitted he is feeling “nervous” as he prepares to take part in a similar programme on the channel on Friday evening but says he is hoping to “allay people’s fears” about leaving the EU.

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Among the first questions Mr Cameron faced from Sky’s political editor Faisal Islam was one on the net number of EU migrants that have arrived in the UK since he became prime minister in 2010.

Mr Cameron said about 600,000 had left this country and about 1.2 million had come to live or work here, accepting immigration was a big challenge.

Told his manifesto pledge to cut net migration into the UK to the “tens of thousands” could not be achieved while the UK remained in the EU, Mr Cameron said: “I don’t accept that. I think it remains the right ambition for Britain.”

Last month it emerged net migration to the UK hit 333,000 in 2015.

A Home Affairs Committee report later said it would take a “modern miracle” for David Cameron to meet his “no ifs, no buts” pledge to cut migration to under 100,000.