THE EU ECO­NOMIC AR­GU­MENT IS FAIL­ING

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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!

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