THE EU ECONOMIC ARGUMENT IS FAILING
KEN WALKER Address supplied ALTHOUGH I have been disappointed the leave campaign has relied so much on the fact that we send £350 million a week to the EU without mentioning that some of that is remitted back to us by means of grants and rebates, this still makes us a net contributor to the EU.
But the remain campaign has been almost completely negative, threatening us with this cut or that foreboding disaster. Nobody knows what the consequences of leaving the EU might be. For the remain to run a campaign of fear and threats has been a big mistake. The remain campaign should learn the British people do not comply with threats. Spain threatened us with the Armada, Napoleon threatened us with his desire to conquer Europe, Hitler threatened to invade us, Britain was threatened with all kinds of dire economic prospects if we didn’t join the Euro but that didn’t happen. The economic argument for a united federal Europe is failing.
In 1975 every household was given two small booklets entitled yes and no by the government of that day so we were presented with both sides of the argument. Although David Cameron assured us of a free vote he allowed over £9 million of taxpayers’ money to be spent in circulating a booklet trying to persuade us to vote to remain as part of the EU. This was resented, as was the imposition of Obama’s speech. The British people are not the kind to be persuaded by unfairness or threats. I hope they will show they are independent thinkers and they want to be in charge of their own affairs – to continue to be independent of any outside influences from Brussels and vote to leave!