31 May 2016 - Brexit Campaign
Rowena Mason (The Guardian, 30/05/2016)
David Cameron’s battle to keep Britain in the European Union enters its final phase on Tuesday amid worries in the remain camp that more needs to be done to woo traditional Labour voters who have told pollsters they do not understand the party’s stance on the issue.
With three weeks to go before polling day on 23 June, Cameron plans to step up campaigning with Labour, Green, Liberal Democrat and trade union figures as he tries to stop the debate sliding into an argument about his own leadership of the Tory party.
At the same time, the Brexit camp will move its campaign up a gear this week as Boris Johnson, the former London mayor, and Michael Gove, the justice secretary, appear together for the first time on a tour of the north of England.
George F. Will (The New York Post, 30/05/2016)
Michael Gove, secretary of justice and leader of the campaign for Brexit — Britain’s withdrawal from the EU — anticipates a “galvanizing, liberating, empowering moment of national renewal.”
For Americans, Britain’s debate about Brexit is more substantive, and perhaps more important, than their dispiriting presidential choice. American conservatives would regard Britain’s withdrawal from the EU as the healthy rejection of political grandiosity.
Britain and the Commonwealth
Andrew Dewson (The Independent, 30/05/2016)
Have you ever tried to repair something only to end up throwing the whole thing into the dustbin? Brexiteers are campaigning to do just that with Britain. If a majority of Brits decide they want out of the European Union, all outcomes are possible. But there’s one very real possibility that Brits are ignoring: that a vote in favor of a Brexit could conceivably lead to the breakup of Britain and then of the Commonwealth. Meanwhile, what remains of the British government in Westminster would be so handicapped it could do almost nothing about it.
The idea that a win for the Brexit campaign could result in Britain breaking up isn’t new. However, Brexit supporters are willing to believe that everything will be rosy in the event of a Brexit victory, an optimistic view verging on ‘pie in the sky’. The dismantling of Britain is a far more logical and likely outcome.
Assume that the current national polling within the UK is going to remain fairly accurate. That means the Brexit campaign can only win because a majority of English voters want out, while a majority of voters in Scotland, Northern Ireland and (possibly) Wales support remaining within the EU.
Sonia Sodha, Toby Helm and Phillip Inman (The Guardian, 28/05/2016)
Nine out of 10 of the country’s top economists working across academia, the City, industry, small businesses and the public sector believe the British economy will be harmed by Brexit, according to the biggest survey of its kind ever conducted.
A poll commissioned for the Observer and carried out by Ipsos MORI, which drew responses from more than 600 economists, found 88% saying an exit from the EU and the single market would most likely damage Britain’s growth prospects over the next five years.
A striking 82% of the economists who responded thought there would probably be a negative impact on household incomes over the next five years in the event of a Leave vote, with 61% thinking unemployment would rise.
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