Operation Fear cranked up
Operation Fear is alive and well in today’s Daily Telegraph Chief Secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands said the Single Market is the ‘most complete commitment to free that exists’. Alternatives are ‘fantasy’ according to Mr Hands. This type of negative campaigning from the Remainians is typical. Let us look at the positives – here is my myth-busting blog after the first wave of negative campaigning hit us in January.
(Meanwhile, while we are on the topic of myth-busting, make sure you read John Longworth in The Telegraph business section)
As Penny Mourdant, defence secretary,said: “Pro EU campaigners just don’t get it. The public aren’t rejecting their doom-mongering rhetoric because it isn’t fantastical enough, they reject it because they know we are a great nation and can thrive if we take back control and leave the EU.”
A poll of polls – all to fight for
Meanwhile in The Daily Mirror, the latest poll trackers on Brexit are published and show that the average of six polls show a 50/50 split – so all to fight for.
And on a lighter note, The Daily Telegraph shows an overwhelming majority of people want OUT of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Brexit could boost Eurozone GDP
Brexit could boost Eurozone GDP so says Mathilde Lemoine, a prominent member of the French government’s budgetary watchdog and chief economist of the Edmond de Rothschild private bank in the Financial Times.
She also said the Eurozone would benefit from a UK Brexit – boosting Eurozone GDP by 1.3 per cent after two years. But she expects the UK to be able to agree access to the EU single market, which would ultimately limit the damage to the UK economy from Brexit.
Today’s Daily Express carries a fascinating story about Germany once more pushing for an EU army encompassing all 28 member states with a joint HQ and shared military planning.
This is a boost to the Brexit campaign – especially as the plans were supposed to be a kept a secret until at the referendum on June 23. But no we know and let us make it clear – we NOT want to “gradually co-ordinate Europe’s patchwork of national militaries and launch permanent cooperation under common structures among the member states”.
None of this is new of course – the idea resurfaced last year when European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called for an international force – but it does reinforce just why we need to vote OUT on June 23.
History made in the East Midlands
Although I have remarked on numerous occasions that I’m not necessarily the world’s biggest fan of football, I wanted to offer my heartfelt congratulations and admiration at the successes of Leicester City Football Club. Leicester City – the footballing champions of England.
Being an MEP of a Region that includes Leicester, and as a resident of Leicestershire for a number of years I couldn’t be happier that our local team have accomplished one of the greatest sporting achievements in living memory (and in my case that stretches quite a long way back).
A huge well done to them and their fans, let’s all hope they can replicate it again next season.