Daily Express

‘EU has bashed the have-nots in Britain’

- By Alison Little Deputy Political Editor

BRITAIN’S EU membership has hammered the “have-nots” and only benefited the rich and big corporatio­ns, Iain Duncan Smith said yesterday.

The Tory former Cabinet minister said the life chances of ordinary people would continue to suffer unless the country votes for Brexit in the referendum on June 23.

EU policy had put pressure on wages, jobs, housing, school places and health care in the UK, he said.

Speaking at Vote Leave’s London HQ, Mr Duncan Smith said Mr Cameron’s EU renegotiat­ion produced “a compromise that satisfies pretty much nobody and leaves us weaker”.

He said: “The EU, particular­ly for the UK, has become a force for social injustice. Leaving provides a vital opportunit­y for us because the EU, despite its grand early intentions, has become a friend of the haves rather than the have-nots.

“Take the euro, for example. It has greatly favoured already wealthy Germany and its export industries at the expense of southern Europe.

“The EU is also working well for big banks. The bailouts being financed by extreme levels of austerity in countries like Greece have largely benefited financial institutio­ns that lent irresponsi­bly before the crash.”

Explosive

He went on: “The EU is also working for big corporates that benefit from mass immigratio­n.

“Businesses that have underinves­ted for decades in their own and local workforces have no reason to mend their ways so long as cheap labour can be imported from abroad.

“But the EU isn’t working for over regulated small businesses and lowerpaid and lower-skilled Britons. They now have to compete with millions of people from abroad for jobs and a wage rise.”

In an explosive claim made earlier, the one-time Tory leader accused Germany of secretly blocking David Cameron’s bid to win tougher border controls.

He claimed the Prime Minister bowed to pressure from German Chancellor’s Angela Merkel’s administra­tion less than 24 hours before he was due to unveil the migration plan in a speech in late 2014.

Mr Duncan Smith, who quit as Work and Pensions Secretary in March, claimed the “emergency brake” idea was in Mr Cameron’s draft text “right up to the midnight hour” but was dropped because the Germans said they would have to “attack” it if it stayed in.

Asked later about his claim, Mr Duncan Smith said: “It’s not about Merkel or the PM. It’s that nobody in the EU wants to change.”

Mr Duncan Smith added it was not “extreme to want to have your democracy back, power over what you do, control over your laws and the power to make decisions about your people, elected by British people and rejected by British people when you get it wrong.” FIRSTLY, the good news. For a long time now I’ve been absolutely clear that the issue of EU open door immigratio­n will be the defining issue of this referendum campaign.

Indeed, it is the number one issue in British politics and the one that can win this referendum for us on the Leave side and ensure that Brexit becomes a reality.

I am therefore pleased that the senior Conservati­ves on the Leave side from Boris Johnson to Iain Duncan-Smith, Michael Gove to Chris Grayling, are all now talking about this issue. Indeed much of the language I have used over the years on the over-supply in the unskilled labour market and the damaging impact of mass EU migration is now being used by others on the Leave side.

The fact that these issues are now being taken head-on and the Leave side is now campaignin­g more on the issue of EU open borders is very welcome news indeed. As someone who has always wanted all on the Leave side to work together to get our country back, I am delighted that we are now starting to sing from the same hymn sheet.

Motivate

The bad news is that the referendum still looks very blue-onblue. Though Conservati­ve figures and voters are of course vital in order to win this referendum, the vast majority of those who will be eligible to vote did not vote Conservati­ve.

The Leave side must reach out across the spectrum to Labour voters, to those in the trade union movement and to non-voters. In order to reach out and motivate these people to go out and vote to Leave the EU, we must have a broad range of figures representi­ng our side.

The public at large are not interested in Conservati­ve bickering. They want to know how and why we would thrive outside the European Union if they are to vote for Brexit and it is the job of myself and others to make that case as clearly as possible.

The other bad news is that sadly as it stands, the BBC have currently decided that Ukip will not be represente­d on the main stage of their big Wembley debate. None of the three figures arguing for Brexit will be from Ukip.

I find this to be totally unfair given Ukip is the only national anti-EU, pro-Brexit party in Britain, won the European Elections and secured four million votes at the General Election. Our party chairman has written to the BBC and I hope that they reverse their decision.

If I as Ukip Leader am not up there on the main stage at the Wembley debate, millions of Ukip voters will go unrepresen­ted.

That would simply not be right.

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