Prime minister David Cameron batted on behalf of big employers in Chester and Ellesmere Port when he put forward the case for Remain during a live BBC Question Time EU Special.

Mr Cameron faced a studio audience alone last night (Sunday, June 19) when he answered questions around whether Britain should vote in or out ahead of Thursday’s historic referendum.

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The prime minister supported the view of Broughton -based Airbus and car companies Toyota, which has a plant at Deeside, and Vauxhall , which has a factory at Ellesmere Port , that the UK economy will be stronger staying in the European Union .

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Mr Cameron, who was recently hosted by Vauxhall where he delivered a key note speech on the referendum, told the Question Time audience: “If all the experts, who've looked at this issue, come to the conclusion our economy will suffer and that there is no going back and this will have an impact on families and jobs and livelihoods, I believe that too.

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“It’s not just because of the experts. It’s because I have talked to the car companies and they are doing a brilliant job and our workers are doing a brilliant job making cars in Britain. I worry about those jobs going overseas.

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“I have talked to the people who are making trains and aeroplanes and exporting into Europe.”

He added:"I don't want the movement of British car workers jobs to go to the continent. I don't want the movement of people making Airbus wings to go to the continent."

The Beluga over the Airbus factory in Broughton

In a briefing to UK staff back in April, Airbus bosses made clear where the European-wide company stood on the EU referendum.

The letter stated: “As has been stressed publicly by our top management, this is an entirely UK issue – it is up to the British people to debate and make up their own minds as to whether or not they wish to stay in the EU. However it is also reasonable for us as a responsible UK leadership team to explain to you why we think it is important for us to stay.

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“Should the British electorate have a different view then clearly we wouldn’t cease our activities in the UK, which are highly important and very prominent. However, our business model is entirely based on our ability to move products, people and ideas around Europe without any restriction and we do not believe leaving will increase the competitiveness of our British based operations.“