By DAVID WOODING
JUST hours left until Britain goes to the polls to decide whether our nation’s future is in or outside the European Union.
Lots of arguments have been heard on both sides during the past few weeks – with campaigners accused of lies, scares and smears.
So I thought it worth looking up what the Prime Minister told me during an interview last October – before he had started negotiations for our new membership “deal”.
Here it is:
DAVID Cameron today warns EU leaders to “fix it” for Britain or he will lead us to the exit door.
The PM reveals for the first time he would be prepared to head the out campaign in a referendum if he fails to win us a better deal.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun on Sunday, he admits he has “a job to do” to convince our army of readers that we should stay in.
But asked if he could see himself leading the out campaign, he replied: “If we don’t get what I want, I’ve said I’ll rule nothing out. And by that I mean I’ll rule nothing out.”
Speaking on the eve of the Tory conference, which opens today, Mr Cameron warned “bossy” EU leaders they will be the biggest losers if Britain votes to go it alone.
He insisted he was steaming ahead with his EU reform agenda but suggested a shake-up of human rights laws was a little too slow.
He admitted: “We need to get on with this. We’re going to do what we said and produce a British Bill of Rights. Just because it wasn’t in the first session of Parliament doesn’t mean it won’t be in the second.”
The PM has given up hope of halting free movement across the EU but believes he can cut the number of arrivals by slashing perks.
He said: “We benefit from free movement because we can live and work or retire to other European countries.
“Let’s keep that, but stop access to our welfare system, including our in-work benefits, which basically give people as much as £10,000 to £12,000 a year in year one and allows you to keep your family in south east Europe and claim British levels of child benefit.”
He claimed there would be even more non-EU migrants trying to reach Britain if it was outside Europe.
He said: “Our borders would be under even more pressure because the co-operation we get from the French means that our border can be sited on the other side of the Channel.”
Mr Cameron admitted his biggest job before the referendum he has promised for 2017 will be clinching a better deal from EU chiefs whom he says “drive me up the wall”.
But he is determined to win over the Eurosceptics. He said: “People are saying ‘You’ll never get what you want’. Well, let’s wait and see.”
Mr Cameron knows he will have his work cut out convincing Sun regulars to vote to stay in Europe.
A YouGov poll yesterday showed 55 per cent of our readers want out compared with 23 per cent in.
He said: “Sun readers like me want to know our benefits system isn’t open to abuse from people coming to work in Britain. And I need to fix that.
“Sun readers want to know that Europe will be a source of growth, jobs and competitivenessand not a drag anchor on the British economy. And I need to fix that.” Mr Cameron needs to per-suade EU leaders to allow change or risk losing Britain.
The PM said: “There’s a lot that’s wrong with Europe that we’re going to fix. It’s too big, too bossy, too interfering.
“Britain would be worse off outside a reformed Europe. And I tell you what, Europe would be a lot worse off without us. “We bring military power, diplomatic heft, a big market, great businesses, an Atlantic relationship. All these things make Europe more outwardlooking. Europe doesn’t want Britain to go and I think if I’ve played my hand properly, we’ll get a better deal.
“I need to convince Sun readers we are going to take the good bits, get rid of the bad bitsand secure Britain’s prosperity and influence in the world.
“If I can fix all those things, and I’m confident I will, I can win over Sun readers.”
Mr Cameron vowed to stay on as PM right up to the 2020 General Election.
He said that before then he will turn the economy around, create job security and counter the threat from international terrorists.
And he will root his party in the political centre ground while Labour “charges off to the Left”.
He declared: “While others are losing their heads, we shall be keeping ours and delivering the security people want.
“Security in their lives, jobs and livelihoods and childcare but also national security, as well. But there’s an opportunity for the Conservative Party to go even further on social reform.
“At a time when Labour are heading off to the hills, you’ll see us firmly camped in the common ground of politics.”
Asked what he wants his legacy to be, he said: “I want to do a good job, turn the economy around and build a stronger society. We haven’t finished the economic job but there’s a platform to build on.”
Mr Cameron resisted the temptation to scoff at leftwinger Jeremy Corbyn struggling to hold Labour together. He said of the Opposition leader: “There’s an element of comedy when seven Shadow Cabinet ministers come in and disagree publicly with him.
“But actually this guy is a very serious threat to the financial security of every family in this country and to our national security, too.”
Mr Cameron also warned of super-high tax rates, chaotic nationalisation and inflation if Mr Corbyn ever wins power.
Chatting in his No10 study, he added: “Most don’t remem-ber the 1980s so we’ve got to make these arguments again.”
stay-” Mr Cameron ruled out staing on to have a third crack at winning a general election for the Tories or bowing out early, vowing to complete “two full terms”.
He said: “Ten years as PM is a good time. I feel fit, healthy, passionate about my work andcommitted to the job.
“I wake up every day thinking what an honour it is to do it and I am going to give it everything I’ve got for the next five years.”
firstname.lastname@example.org See The Sun on Sunday Says ON MUSIC THE PM says he’s a “bit square” and was a schoolboy fan of Supertramp. He is tempted to see the band at a London gig in December but fears: “They might be like Morrissey and ban me.” He likes singer Emiliana Torrini and US band The War on Drugs, top.
.Supertramp may ban me like Morrissey He says: “I’m a big Coldplay fan.
They’re cooler than Supertramp.”
ON ASHCROFT MR Cameron hit back at the “scurrilous rumours” peddled in Lord Ashcroft’s biography. He said: “Some things in that book are unbelievable.
They didn’t happen.
sands Now thousands of trees have died, Supertramp sales have gone up and one man’s reputation lies in ruins.
Things in that book so wrong I’m not sure Michael Ashcroft will ever recover.”
ON FAMILY TELLY and computer games are banned before lunch in the Prime Minister’s household. Mr Cameron enforces a strict “no-screen” period on his kids Nancy, 11, Elwen, nine, and Flo, five.
He said: “Telly is quite carefully restricted.” He has seen all of Game of Thrones and is now watching Italian crime show 1992.
TV quite carefully restricted ON MOVIES MOVIE-lover Mr Cameron took son Elwen to see Jurassic World and was scared out of his wits. He admitted: “I was terrified.
I nearly broke his arm I was holding on so hard. Unlike the Labour conference, the dinosaurs come to life.” The PM is a James Bond fan and is “very excited” about the next film Spectre.