Bending the facts on EU

On the subject of the EU referendum, we've been exposed to claim and counterclaim apparently from politicians, appearing to bend the facts somewhat.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 7th June 2016, 6:25 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th June 2016, 7:28 am

Boris Johnson still speaks of the £350 million a week we give to Brussels, when in fact it’s around £250 million when the rebate, (which isn’t guaranteed to be accepted in the future), is taken into account.

Then I watched George Osborne squirm under questioning by the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, about the £4,300 per annum that UK families will apparently lose, should we leave the EU.

No, George won’t be coming round to your house to collect it. In fact, when questioned, he had to admit that it is based on a worse case scenario estimate, 15 years from now and this being an economics forecast a large number of variables would have to combine to bring about this estimated figure.

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But he did qualify his figures by confirming that it had all been checked by the top economists. Will these be the same economists who told the UK over a decade ago that the UK would suffer financial catastrophe unless we adopted the euro and the same economists who failed to spot the financial meltdown in the world economy?

James Fenner

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