British Prime Minister admits EU 'drives me crazy'

Members of the studio audience accused David Cameron of “scaremongering” and “waffling” during a Brexit debate

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The British Prime Minister David Cameron admitted the EU "drives me crazy" during heated exchanges in an EU referendum debate on British television.

Mr Cameron was accused of "scaremongering", "hypocrisy" and "waffling" as he faced down angry members of the public in the audience during a 30-minute question session.

During the hour-long event Mr Cameron was repeatedly forced to deny his campaign amounted to "scaremongering".

He struggled to explain how and when he would meet his pledge to reduce net migration into Britain but insisted it could be done remaining if they remain in the EU.

He also called interviewer Faisal Islam "glib" six times during clashes over immigration and his warnings that Brexit would lead to World War Three in a half-hour interview beforehand.

Speaking to Islam, Mr Cameron admitted that sitting on the Council of Europe was "immensely frustrating".

He said: "I'm the Prime Minister who sits around the table with 27 other heads of government and state and sometimes this organisation drives me crazy.

"But do I sit there and think Britain would be better off if we left? Are we quitters? Do we think we quit the EU, we quit the single market and somehow we will be better off? Absolutely not.

"I tell you what it would be like: we would be outside the room. The European Union doesn't stop existing just because we left, the Channel doesn't get any wider if we decide to leave."

Mr Cameron then faced nine questions from the studio audience during which he was accused of "waffling" by university student Soraya Bouazzaoui, who asked him about whether Turkey would join the EU and accused him of "scaremongering".

As the Prime Minister attempted to set out what he said was a "positive case" for staying in the EU, Ms Bouazzaoui said: "That's not answering my question. Let me finish now, because I've seen you interrupt many people before. Let me finish.

"I'm an English Literature student, I know waffling when I see it, OK? I'm sorry, but you're not answering my question."

He told her "I can do Turkey if you want me to do Turkey" and said that the country would not join the EU "in decades".

The event attracted 826 tweets a minute on Twitter with the biggest spikes when Mr Cameron was accused of "scaremongering" by self-employed Essex woman Denise Simpson and during his exchange with Ms Bouazzaoui.