The Chair of Labour Leave makes her case for leaving the EU—and against pessimismby Kate Hoey / March 11, 2016 / Leave a comment
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Fortunately, I do not take much notice of all of the scaremongering about Brexit that comes from Downing Street, Holyrood, Paris and Brussels, or I would be spending a lot of my life behind the settee. You do not have to love the UK as much as I do to see that the arguments made by “Remain”—also known as “Project Fear,” are weak. The sensible thing to do, based on an assessment of the strength and resilience of the UK economy, is to reject most of the arguments against Brexit on account of the pessimism built into them.
As part of this, we should reject the Cabinet Office’s recent findings, which are relentlessly pessimistic. They make no allowance at all for the strength of the UK economy—or its global importance. The report shows no expectation that in the eventuality of Brexit, the EU would adopt rational self-interest to protect its own huge £290bn per annum trade with their largest trade partner, the UK. This trade is particularly important to Germany, the EU’s chief paymaster, and yet the Government talks as if the EU will treat the UK like tiny Norway.
The June referendum is in many ways a rigged exercise. No serious contingency plan has been made by the government to negotiate potential new trade arrangements for if we left the EU—or to map out alternative migration rules, or to say how industries like agriculture might be supported. This is because no serious engagement with EU policy-makers on post-Brexit arrangements can be expected until after the referendum. But in making its case for “Remain,” the Government relies on accusations that its opponents have not established an alternative to life inside the EU.
Furthermore, in an implicit admission of the weakness of its economic case, the Government has attempted to switch attention to the supposed security advantages of EU membership. With Aegean immigration operations having to be organised by NATO under an American General, and eurozone austerity…