Let’s vote out.(Britexit)
One thing is certain. If the we vote to stay in the EU we will be sitting ducks.
We will have agreed to take anything that is thrown at us.
If we vote Britexit They will suddenly realise that they are about to loose a great deal of UK funding.
They will then start making offers.
Mervin King (Bank of England) has learnt the hard way how dangerous economic forecasts can be. He also knows that, far too often, these forecasts are just plain wrong. Nearly all the claims made during the 1975 referendum campaign were hugely inflated, he says. In reality, whether we had voted in favour or against remaining in the EEC, it wouldn’t have made very much difference at all. “The idea that somehow it’s either going to be bliss if we leave or a complete disaster…is a gross exaggeration,” he tells Merryn in this week’s issue. These claims coincide with a controversial new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The OECD has claimed that the cost of Brexit would be equivalent to an additional “tax” on UK workers. It suggests that leaving the EU would result in 3% lower growth than would otherwise be the case by 2020, rising to 5% in 2030 – costing each household an average £3,200. But it didn’t take the Leave campaign long to pick holes in this assertion. The OECD’s figures assume that the UK would not be able to secure a trade deal of any kind by 2020, which has been slammed as “very implausible”. On this one, we’re with King. We’re tired of all these “assertions not arguments”. The former governor is trying to look beyond the politicking to get to the issues that matter most – a genuine vision of the future for Britain’s role in, and relationship with, the rest of Europe. While he’s made it clear that he’s yet to be swayed, Merryn has an inkling about which box King might tick on 23 June. “I still reckon that the Remain campaign had better get on with finding some arguments that aren’t based on made-up forecasts of lost household income a decade out if they want to have a hope of his vote,” she says.
Andrew R Williams (Britexit)