Prime Minister warns Brexit would cause holiday price hike during Luton Airport visit

David Cameron claimed that Brexit would drive up the price of holidays as he spoke to easyJet staff at Luton Airport yesterday.

Tuesday, 24th May 2016, 3:32 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th May 2016, 5:03 pm
David Cameron speaks to easyJet staff at Hangar 89, Luton Airport

The Prime Minister said that, on average, family holidays in Europe will cost £230 more if Britain votes to leave the EU.

He also asserted that those who choose to back the Remain campaign on June 23 will be making a “patriotic” decision.

Vote Leave has dismissed the figures and claimed that Mr Cameron is “talking down our country”.

The PM told easyJet workers: “All the evidence points to the value of the pound falling after a vote to leave the EU.

“A weaker pound means people’s hard-earned savings won’t go as far on holidays overseas.

“The choice facing the British people on June 23 is increasingly clear: the certainty and economic security of remaining in the EU, or a leap in the dark that would raise prices – including the cost of a family holiday.”

easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall told workers that Britain’s EU membership is integral to the future of the Luton Airport based airline.

Ms McCall said: “If the UK were to vote to leave the EU any new, more restrictive aviation arrangements would add cost and therefore fares are highly likely to rise.

“And a weaker pound would mean the cost of a holiday abroad – including food, accommodation and drinks – would be more expensive.

“That is why we think it is better for our customers to remain in the EU.”

Following his speech Mr Cameron held a question and answer session with staff in Hangar 89.

When asked if he has booked a summer holiday with his wife Samantha, the Prime Minister admitted that he has had some “pretty good ideas” but that he would not tip off the press.

He joked: “They will send out those photographers, for some reason pictures of this (points to stomach) will appear.”