New ‘Brexit bus’ warns of likely cost to the UK of leaving the European Union

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The author of the Independent article quoted below doesn’t think much of the new ‘Brexit cost’ bus, it seems:

That number, by the way, as sensationally leaked a number of weeks ago, is the end point of economic forecasts projected 15 years into the future, after 15 years’ worth of estimated reductions in growth have all been compounded together.

Which is not to say they’re not accurate, nor should we dwell too long on the fact that, had similar projections been published 15 years ago for the present day, they would not take into account such innovations as the iPhone, all its apps, Facebook, WiFi and well, you get the gist.

But then, Tom Peck (for it was he) seems to think the Leave campaign was a thing of “relentless brilliance”, whereas most of us now know it was a litany of lies from beginning to end – including the so-called ‘Brexit bus’ which lied about the amount of money given to the EU by the UK every week.

He continues:

But, you know, when set against the thing you’re supposedly satirising, which, like it or loathe it, was the gross amount the UK could give to the EU each week, and would, if it wishes, be free to give to the NHS after we leave, then it is hard to avoid remembering which side won the referendum and which side didn’t and, possibly, why.

Yes indeed. The Leave side won because it bombarded the easily-led with persuasive lies.

It seems odd that he’s now trying to disparage Remainers for trying the same tactic, with the most accurate (predicted) figures available.

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2 thoughts on “New ‘Brexit bus’ warns of likely cost to the UK of leaving the European Union

  1. Growing Flame

    Accurate figures and projections probably don’t have much affect on attitudes to the Brexit vote. I assume that most Leavers were motivated by a hostility to immigrants and foreigners and a nostalgia for a British past that never actually existed. And they have a fixed view of how different nations should be separate and involved in constant competition even wars.
    Most Remainers also had an emotional commitment to avoiding wars and to co-operation between nations for the common good. This , more noble, aspiration, tends to ignore the harsh treatment of, for example, Greece, by the EU leaders, looking for a small economy to punish as an example to others who might want to buck the dogma of rule by Bankers.

    In the end, Brexit “won” the referendum in a similar way to Britain “winning” the last World War ie. lots of flag-waving patriotism and a slow decline in the economy compared to Germany’s rise to leader of Europe.

    As Brexit won, we will now enjoy the unpleasant sight of Leavers crying “betrayal” when their emotional hopes were doomed to failure anyway. Britain will need immigrant workers for the foreseeable future, and in large numbers. British industry and services were in slow decline anyway. You can cry “Stop the world, I want to get off” all you like but referendum decisions based on emotional fantasies are bound to disappoint.

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