LONDON (AP) – British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has accused Prime Minister David Cameron of weakening Britain on the world stage with an isolationist foreign policy and uncertainty about membership in the European Union.
In a speech Friday that brought international affairs into Britain’s election campaign, Miliband said Cameron’s failure to plan for post-Gadhafi Libya had contributed to the North African country’s descent into chaos.
Conservatives accused Miliband of blaming Cameron for the deaths of migrants who have drowned while crossing the Mediterranean from Libya. Cameron called the Labour leader’s remarks “ill-judged.”
Miliband also said uncertainty about the U.K.’s future in the EU “poses a grave risk to Britain’s position in the world.”
Cameron has promised to hold a referendum on EU membership if he wins the May 7 election.