VIDEO: Remain campaigners confront Iain Duncan Smith during King’s Lynn walkabout
Former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been setting out his case for Britain to leave the European Union during a walkabout in King’s Lynn this afternoon.
But the ex-Tory leader also received a noisy reception from supporters of the Remain campaign, who pursued him during his tour of the town centre.
Mr Duncan Smith was joined by local MP Sir Henry Bellingham and other Vote Leave activists for the visit, which followed an earlier stop in Chatteris.
And he insisted the question that should be at the forefront of people’s minds when they vote is who governs Britain.
He said: “This is your last chance to get your government back. Who governs you is the single issue here because, from that, everything else flows.
“If you care about immigration and want to get it under control, if you care about your laws, if you care about trade with the rest of the world, the whole thing boils down to getting back control of your government.
“To do that, you have to vote to leave on Thursday.”
Mr Duncan Smith also dismissed prime minister David Cameron’s claim that the referendum was about the country’s economic prospects as “total nonsense”, but insisted that he wanted him to remain as leader, regardless of the result.
There were also repeated cries of “lies” and “rubbish” from Remain supporters, who argued that Brexit would have a big impact on institutions like the NHS, as well as on economic prosperity.
Labour’s Jo Rust, who challenged Mr Duncan Smith on the issue of workers’ rights, said they were determined to make sure he heard both sides of the argument during his visit.
She said: “While we appreciate the concerns that many of the public have, we have heard a strong Remain voice. We’re stronger together.
“Nobody who wants to stay in accepts that it’s perfect, but when we’re inside, we have a chance of making the positive changes that we want.
“What I hear is ‘We want our country back’, but society has changed. Our world has changed and it won’t go back to how it was back then.
“If we vote to come out, we are facing the unknown because all countries have moved on and that’s something I don’t think people are necessarily considering.”
Opinion polls are suggesting the result could still go either way.
But, despite an apparent swing towards staying in recent days, Mr Duncan Smith said he was seeing a clear momentum towards the Leave side.
He said: “All the enthusiasm is for Vote Leave. Every now and then, you get a couple of people come in with a few posters.
“I was out on one campaign and one of them, after talking to me, turned and got a poster off us and became a Vote Leaver.”
Mrs Rust admitted she didn’t know how the vote would go, but said she was worried about what could happen after a potential Brexit.
She said: “I never have wanted to be in a position where I say to people, ‘I told you so.’
“As a trade unionist, I seek to resolve things at the lowest possible level so people don’t have to suffer and my fear is if we vote to come out I’ll be in that position of saying I told you this was going to happen and I don’t want to.”