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British PM: Leaving EU Would Make ISIS Happy

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British Prime Minister David Cameron believes Islamic State and Russia are rooting for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union when it votes on “Brexit” June 23.

Cameron is stepping up what Brexit supporters call “Project Fear” to convince voters that Britain remaining in the EU will keep it safe from war and terrorism. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among the people who would be happy if Brexit happens, according to Cameron.

“It is worth asking the question: who would be happy if we left? Putin would be happy. I suspect al-Baghdadi would be happy,” Cameron said Tuesday at the World Economic Form in London.

One of the main arguments for the “leave” campaign has been that the EU prevents Britain from controlling its own borders. Cameron argues shared intelligence and cooperation among EU members are more important elements in preventing terrorism. (RELATED: Trump Assures Voters US-UK Relations Are Safe If He Becomes President)

Nigel Farage — leader of the UK Independence Party and one of the main figures in the Brexit campaign — dismissed the prime minister’s words, saying ISIS has an outspoken agenda that relies on borders being kept open.

Cameron said Friday Brexit could trigger a new world war.

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