Osborne says EU referendum ‘fight for UK’s soul’ – BBC News

Media captionThe chancellor tells EU vote is about combating Nigel Farage’s ‘divisive’ vision

The EU referendum is a “fight for the soul of the country”, Chancellor George Osborne has told the BBC.

By staying in the EU, the UK would remain a “2 1st Century success story”, as he alerted a election to leave would be an endorsement of Nigel Farage’s “mean and divisive” vision for the country.

There “was a lot to be scared of” if the UK voted to leave, he said, including losing control of the economy.

He said he believed Turkey would not join the EU in his lifetime.

Vote Leave said the government must clarify whether it was prepared to exercise its veto to block Turkey joining.