ANAL­Y­SIS

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

The Prime Min­is­ter got a deal but will peo­ple buy it? And does it rep­re­sent the fun­da­men­tal and far-reach­ing changes promised?

As the Gate­way to Europe, many of the is­sues raised by the de­bate over our mem­ber­ship of the EU – no­tably im­mi­gra­tion, bor­der con­trols and wel­fare ben­e­fits – have been brought into sharp re­lief in Kent.

Mr Cameron has se­cured wel­fare re­forms which fall short of the party’s man­i­festo prom­ises but has al­lowed him enough wrig­gle room to claim the UK would bet­ter con­trol the in­flux by lim­it­ing ac­cess to ben­e­fits.

There are signs we could be in for a lot of neg­a­tive cam­paign­ing on both sides. The Prime Min­is­ter has claimed that Calais-style mi­grant camps could end up in Dover and Folke­stone if the coun­try votes to leave.

We can ex­pect more of that sort of thing as the cam­paign rolls on. Whether vot­ers will re­spond to an ar­gu­ment driven by fear tac­tics is an­other mat­ter.

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