We’ve been lied to about Europe be­fore

Bath Chronicle - - OPINION -

Two of the ar­gu­ments for a sec­ond Euro­pean Union mem­ber­ship ref­er­en­dum are a) peo­ple did not un­der­stand the is­sues and b) they were told lies by the var­i­ous Leave cam­paigns. There were, how­ever, no de­mands for a re-run vote af­ter the 1975 ref­er­en­dum on Bri­tain’s mem­ber­ship of the so-called Com­mon Mar­ket, when a ma­jor­ity of vot­ers swal­lowed the lie that it was sim­ply a comfy free trade bloc, when it was in fact – as the Euro­pean Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity – a stage in the cre­ation of a coun­try called Europe, the dis­as­trous so­cial, po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic con­se­quences of which are now ap­par­ent across the con­ti­nent.

David Kernek

Cam­den Road Bath

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