STRAIGHT TALK­ING Don’t be fooled by scare­mon­ger Cam


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NOW that polling day for lo­cal, Welsh and Scot­tish elec­tions have come and gone, there is no doubt that we have now en­tered a cru­cial stage in the EU ref­er­en­dum cam­paign.

I pre­dicted long ago that the closer we get to June 23, the more in­tense will be a scare­mon­ger­ing cam­paign of fear in­sti­gated by the Re­main side.

This week was no ex­cep­tion as David Cameron shame­lessly gave his back­ing to a video that shows four un­rep­re­sen­ta­tive war vet­er­ans speak out in favour of re­main­ing mem­bers of the Euro­pean Union.

In this new video, one of the ser­vice­men speaks of the threat of coun­tries “fall­ing apart” if we left the EU, whilst an­other spoke of the EU as a “cure af­ter the ter­ri­ble tragedies of the Sec­ond World War.”

The thing is, in all my years I don’t think I have ever met a veteran who held those views on Europe. Many that I have met, rightly view the EU with sus­pi­cion and con­tempt. The video has al­ready been widely panned by both the civil­ian and mil­i­tary com­mu­nity as out of touch.

Be­sides his back­ing for this video, Cameron this week has warned us of the po­ten­tial se­cu­rity risks of Brexit.

The Prime Min­is­ter says that the EU has helped keep the peace in Europe. How wrong could he be?

Any GCSE his­tory stu­dent could quite eas­ily iden­tify that the threat of Com­mu­nism from the east and the for­ma­tion of NATO in the west were un­de­ni­ably the cor­ner­stone to keep­ing peace be­tween coun­tries such as West Ger­many and France.

The EU is in fact guilty of ex­ac­er­bat­ing ten­sions on its fron­tiers, re­sult­ing in bloody wars and con­flicts that bring shame to the civilised world.

The Euro­pean Com­mu­nity, as it was then called, turned a blind eye to the hor­rors go­ing on in Bosnia, leav­ing NATO to pick up the pieces.

Some 20 years later, and ea­ger to ex­pand its reach fur­ther east, EU lead­ers sought to poke the Rus­sian bear head-on with in­ter­fer­ence in Ukraine, pro­vok­ing mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion by Vladimir Putin that has left thou­sands killed or dis­placed.

We are also be­ing fright­ened by sug­ges­tions that we need to stay in the EU in or­der to fight Is­lamic State ter­ror­ists, and that through our mem­ber­ship we can share in­for­ma­tion on ter­ror sus­pects.

This is de­spite the fact that these very same fa­nat­ics openly boast about us­ing Europe’s open bor­ders to travel the con­ti­nent al­most has­sle free with no pa­per­work, no iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and no pass­port needed.

Sadly, these chick­ens came home to roost two months ago dur­ing the Brus­sels ter­ror­ists at­tacks that left 32 in­no­cent peo­ple dead and a fur­ther 340 in­jured. Two of the at­tack­ers were pre­vi­ously fight­ing with Is­lamic State in Syria.

As for shar­ing data be­tween Euro­pean se­cu­rity agen­cies, this al­ready takes place. You don’t need to be in a costly, un­demo­cratic club to co-op­er­ate on na­tional and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity.

We share in­for­ma­tion via In­ter­pol and with non-Euro­pean states such as the U.S. and our other NATO partners and there is no sug­ges­tion that this would come to an end af­ter a Brexit vote.

The Prime Min­is­ter talks about how we need the EU for our na­tional se­cu­rity, but what he fails to men­tion is that an EU post-2020 will in­clude Turkey, a large, in­creas­ingly au­to­cratic na­tion that shares a por­ous bor­der with Iraq and Syria.

Does he re­ally think that shar­ing a bor­der with coun­tries that har­bour Is­lamic State ter­ror­ists will make it safer on the streets of Lon­don, Liver­pool or Manch­ester?

Turkey is hold­ing Europe to ran­som over the on­go­ing mi­gra­tion/refugee cri­sis and are keen to off­load the count­less num­ber of IS fight­ers us­ing the coun­try as a tran­sit stop.

Don’t be fooled by the scare­mon­ger­ing lies of the Re­main cam­paign. Bri­tain is much safer with a vote to Leave.

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