In just one minute of talking, Fox nails it. Cameron’s negotiation brought nothing. Britain has no deal. Cameron’s playing charades. It’s time to go.
Liam Fox: Brexit campaign is peasants’ revolt against elite
The former Defence Secretary tells fringe event at the Scottish Tory conference that the In campaign represents the “establishment”.
The campaign to exit the European Union is “something of a peasants’ revolt” from the UK’s grass roots fighting against a well-funded pro-EU establishment, Liam Fox has said.
The former Defence Secretary told a Conservatives for Britain fringe event at the Scottish Tory conference that the In campaign represented the “elite”, complete with money from the Goldman Sachs investment bank.
Although Dr Fox accepted there would be “risks to leaving” if the country votes to quit the EU on June 23, he argued there were “huge risks” to staying in.
And the prominent Eurosceptic dismissed suggestions that a vote for “Brexit” would trigger a second independence referendum in Scotland.
He said: “I think the Remain campaign increasingly looks like the elite, the establishment. It is funded by Goldman Sachs, supported by the European Commission and by a number of organisations who have been well funded themselves by European money.
“It seems to me a better way of characterising it for the leave campaign, it has something of a peasants’ revolt about it, and it is coming up from the grass roots of the country, where people are saying we don’t want to be told that that issue of migration and taxation are irrelevant.
“If you are in the south east of England, for example, you will have seen a great deal of migration and it’s very difficult for local authorities to plan for school places, it’s very difficult for the NHS to know how many doctors are required, how much housing is required. That really does matter to people in a way that may not matter to those who are very good buddies with Goldman Sachs.”
The Tory MP said voters need to be rational about the risks of leaving “simply embarking on wilder and wilder scare stories that increasingly bear little relation to reality is not a smart way”
In a direct warning to the In campaign and David Cameron, he warned that scaremongering would merely “turn voters off at a time when voters are desperate to get information.”
He also insisted the UK would not become isolated if the out campaign was successful, arguing the UK would still have a permanent seat on the Security Council of the UN, remain at the heart of the Commonwealth and still be one the world’s 10 largest economies.
“We will still have the world’s fifth biggest defence budget, we will still be members of the G7 and the G20, we will still be one of the key players in Nato with a special relationship with the United States,” he added.
“This is no isolation. This is no leap in the dark.”
He told the audience he is Eurosceptic because “I believe this nation state should be able to govern itself and control its won borders without interference from authorities outside our borders”.
Iain Duncan Smith today delivers a devastating attack on the ‘spin, smears and threats’ being deployed by the Government machine to ‘bully’ Britain into remaining inside the EU.
Writing in today’s Mail, he said a series of ‘highly questionable’ dossiers churned out by Number Ten and the Foreign Office had threatened the public with ‘almost Biblical consequences’ if they dared to vote to leave.
And he warns of lasting damage to British politics beyond the June 23 referendum if David Cameron and the other leading players in the Remain camp do not conduct the debate in a more ‘respectful manner’.
Iain Duncan Smith is attacking the ‘spin, smears and threats’ being deployed by the Government machine to ‘bully’ Britain into remaining inside the EU
Two weeks after the Prime Minister returned from Brussels with his EU deal, the debate on the European Union has shifted significantly. The Remain campaign’s case seems almost wholly based on what they describe as the nightmare of leaving. This case has in whole or in part become characterised by spin, smears and threats.
This was not what we were told the debate would be about and so for those keen to stay in the EU I register a concern and also a challenge.
In the last fortnight we have had a series of highly questionable dossiers – threatening almost biblical consequences if we dare to consider a future outside of the European Union.
We’ve seen a series of stunts, whereby big businesses, big banks, and powerful politicians from other EU member states seek to bully the British people into believing their jobs and security are at risk. The impartiality and integrity of the civil service – on whose credibility the whole institution of Government depends – has even been called into question by Parliament.
The acrimonious manner in which all this has been conducted is troubling, and will I fear have consequences long beyond June 23. After all, such desperate and unsubstantiated claims are now being made that they begin to damage the very integrity of those who make them in the eyes of the public.
The biggest danger to the European Union comes not from those who advocate departure, but from those who denounce such thinking as heretical and dangerous.
This is the most important question we have faced in a generation, and it is vitally important that the debate is conducted in a respectful manner – where we maturely interrogate the issues, rather than indulge in scaremongering.
And so that brings me to the challenge.
In January 2013, the Prime Minister made an excellent speech, setting out his vision for a reformed European Union. He made a powerful case for ‘fundamental, far-reaching change’ – without which he said the EU ‘would make our countries weaker not stronger’.
Now, I know that the Prime Minister entered the negotiations with good intent. He said at the time that ‘with courage and conviction, I believe we can deliver a more flexible, adaptable and open European Union’.
The problem was that he was faced with the final reality that the EU is disinclined to make such fundamental reform.
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