We have lost far too many votes to Ukip—and may yet lose moreby Frank Field / June 22, 2016 / Leave a comment
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With just one day left until each of us votes to decide the future of our country, both the “Remain” and “Leave” camps have thrown almost everything they have at voters—as well as at each other.
We have been subjected to an almost daily diet of claim and counterclaim, followed by arguments over the motives and integrity of the groups and individuals making those claims. Politicians and campaigners have rummaged through the cupboards for as many statistics as they can possibly find, and have used them to try and convince voters that they know exactly what will happen to our country once the dust has settled on the referendum result.
The truth is, of course, neither side knows for sure what will happen to our country after 23rd June, regardless of whether we remain in, or leave the EU. To pretend otherwise is to mislead the electorate.
What we do know is that it is for each of us to decide on 23rd June what kind of country we want to live in. No set of statistics can help us arrive at this decision. It is about who we are, and who we want to be as a country.
Do we want to become part of a United States of Europe, or do we want to forge as a self-governing nation a new relationship with Europe? That is the key issue at stake in the referendum.
But, for those of us concerned about the future of the centre-left in British politics, there is a secondary issue beginning to play out as we approach referendum day: what will be the consequences for the Labour Party of its recent attempts to scare voters into voting “Remain”?
My fear is that the Party’s scare tactics totally disregard the lessons from Labour’s recent history. Worse still, such tactics could put us in a particularly vulnerable position once the Party is forced to come to terms with the post-referendum political environment.
Analysis by the House of Commons library…