Ex-Conservative Party chair switches sides on EU referendum


LONDON (AP) — A former Conservative Party chair has switched sides in Britain’s upcoming European Union referendum, accusing campaigners promoting an exit from the 28-nation bloc of peddling hate and xenophobia.

Sayeeda Warsi said Monday that moderate voices in the “leave” campaign have been drowned out.

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Warsi is one of the most prominent Muslim politicians in Britain. She said her decision was sparked by a poster depicting a crowd of migrants walking through Europe with a warning in capital letters that said: BREAKING POINT.

Warsi told the BBC that “this kind of nudge-nudge, wink-wink xenophobic racist campaign may be politically savvy or politically useful in the short term, but it causes long-term damage to communities.”

Campaigners for “leave” were bemused by her decision, saying they weren’t even aware she had been a supporter.