The seven most negative pieces of 'remain' campaigning in the EU referendum (so far)

A tired looking David Cameron emerged from 30 hours of talks in Brussels this weekend with a reforms deal for Britain's membership of the EU in hand.

The PM has secured compromises on delays to benefits, child benefit support and an 'emergency break' on implementing EU laws which he said will mean the UK is "stronger, safer and better off" staying in the EU.

The in-out referendum date has finally been set for June 23 - which means all of us, us lucky souls, will now witness about four months of intense campaigning on a once-in-a-generation issue.

While hardly angels themselves, many "leave" campaigners have accused the prime minister and his fellow "remain" advocates of scaremongering.

Some Twitter users have made light of what they call "Project Fear" with the hashtag #BrexitRisks - some of them are especially entertaining - but here are six pieces of straight-up negative campaigning:

1. Russia will love it

Analysts have argued that the Kremlin would be able to lift EU sanctions, and focus on the development of a Russia-led Europe. Its history of human rights abuses, both at home as well as abroad, means this could be detrimental to the EU.

2. The UK will lose money. A lot of money

Earlier this year the Bank of England accidentally sent an email to the Guardian newspaper revealing how stringently it had been researching the risks of leaving the EU.

3. Businesses will relocate

The recent Bertelsmann Foundation survey claimed one third of British and German firms may leave the UK after a Brexit, with a particular emphasis on the IT and technology sector.

4. Flights will be more expensive

Easyjet Chief Dame Carolyn McCall told the Sunday Times:

The EU has brought huge benefits for UK travellers and businesses. Staying in the EU will ensure that they, and all of us, continue to receive them.

How much you pay for your holiday really does depend on how much influence Britain has in Europe.

5. The risk of terrorism

The EU offers Britain a close-knit, coordinated support system that is a bulwark against terrorism. The security implications of leaving the EU are claimed to be severe indeed.

6. Calais-style migrant camps will relocate

The PM said that if the UK leaves the EU, an agreement allowing Britain to check passports in Calais instead of Dover could be made null and void, thus creating 'Jungle' replicas.

7. Describing Britain as a 'cake-filled misery-laden grey old island'

While these may be bad consequences of leaving the EU, actor Emma Thompson claimed a valid reason for staying is because Britain is so awful, describing the country as:

A tiny little cloud-bolted, rainy corner of sort-of Europe, a cake-filled misery-laden grey old island.

I feel European even though I live in Great Britain, and in Scotland.

Let's just hope things cheer up over the next few months...

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