First Obama, now former Mexican politician wades in
If being patronised and threatened – – by the President of the United States wasn’t enough – now we have a former Mexican politician entering the Brexit debate.
Angel Gurria is the general secretary of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, (OCED), — an economic think-tank which has said economic growth would be lower outside the EU as the UK could not negotiate a ‘sweeter’ deal on trade and investment. Mr Gurria told the BBC he had no doubt that the UK leaving the EU leaving would be a “bad decision” and expressed surprise we are even contemplating such a move.
Surprise Mr Gurria? At what exactly? That we would like to control our own borders, that we like to set up our own trade deals and fashion our own future? Surprised we would like to make our laws? Our leader Nigel Farage said “markets, not failed politicians,” decided trade. I couldn’t have put it better myself.
The OCED has joined Operation Fear I am afraid – saying Brexit is like a tax on the British people and would hit them hard in the pocket. Nonsense. Don’t be fooled by Operation Fear – let’s believe in Britain, we will have a more prosperous future outside the EU.
New poll puts Brexit backers in the lead
Meanwhile, despite Mr Obama’s best attempts a new poll has put Brexit backers into the lead, as The Daily Express reports here. According to The Express, Mr Obama’s unwanted intervention may have even helped the Leave campaign – Jennifer Bottomley, of pollsters ICM, said Mr Obama’s remarks may even have strengthened the resolve of Brexit supporters to vote in the referendum on June 23. The result certainly suggests his call for the UK to stay in the EU failed to shift support towards the Remain camp, with 46 per cent of those quizzed want the UK to leave while 44 per cent want to stay. .
She is quoted as saying: “Interestingly, we do see a hardening of resolve among Leave supporters when it comes to turnout, with 80 per cent saying they are absolutely certain to vote, compared with 75 per cent who said the same in our first April poll, perhaps reflecting a sense of displeasure about Mr Obama’s comments.”
An interesting piece in The Telegraph – Britain would be at the front of the queue for a trade deal with the US if we leave the EU. So says Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz – he said Obama’s intervention last week as a slap in the face for British self-determination. Yes, Mt Cruz, it’s still stinging now!
If we needed any more evidence leaving the EU – and regaining control of our borders – was essential, it is from this report in The Daily Mail.
The report states that the number of EU migrants living in the UK has been under-counted by 250,000 over the past five years, with net migration from inside the EU about 50,000 a year higher than official statistics admit. The Mail rightly says that crucially, migration from inside the EU – over which the Government has no control – is now higher than that from the rest of the world combined.