Not much sign of hon­est de­bate yet

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Im­mi­gra­tion was al­ways go­ing to be cen­tre-stage in the EU ref­er­en­dum de­bate and the Prime Min­is­ter fanned the flames this week by rais­ing the prospect of Calais-style Jun­gle camps crop­ping up in Kent if vot­ers back leav­ing. This was in­dis­putably a cal­cu­lated move, de­signed to ap­peal to the large num­ber of peo­ple still said to be un­de­cided. In­vok­ing the prospect of the Gar­den of Eng­land hav­ing to host mi­grant camps like the one in Calais cer­tainly grabbed the at­ten­tion.

And it re­flected the awk­ward chal­lenge fac­ing David Cameron as re­cent polls sug­gest more of us will vote to get out rather than stay.

He is aware that for many vot­ers, it is not what the EU gives us but what the EU takes away which is most likely to in­flu­ence their vote.

The para­dox is that this par­tic­u­lar is­sue can be ar­gued both ways. In one way, the treaty that has al­lowed Bri­tish pass­port con­trols to be made across the Chan­nel – pre­vent­ing many mi­grants from claim­ing asy­lum here – shows that it is pos­si­ble for two coun­tries to make ar­range­ments out­side of the EU.

But it is equally true the treaty could be uni­lat­er­ally torn up by the French au­thor­i­ties pre­cisely be­cause it is not an EU-bind­ing one.

Vot­ers de­serve an hon­est de­bate from politi­cians about Europe but that is not what we have seen this week.

A case of “could do bet­ter.”

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