Britain and Europe Analysis: Brexit “One of the Most Dishonest Campaigns Ever”
PHOTO: Brexit’s false claim that it would provide £350 million per week to Britain’s National Health Service after the EU referendum
In a detailed analysis just before Britain’s referendum on European Union membership, Professor Michael Dougan of Liverpool University warned of the “industrial dishonesty” of the Leave campaign.
Dougan returns with another precise dissection of the tactics and deceptions of Brexit.
1. “Leave’s arguments consisted of at best misrepresentations and at worst outright deception” — including false statements on the powers of the European Union, on economic negotiations, and “worst” on immigration;
2. “Leave promised things that they were not in a position to deliver”;
3. “Leave set out to undermine anyone who disagreed with their views and who sought to provide a more sober and realistic analysis of the implications of what a vote to Leave meant for the UK”
Dougan argues that the notorious direction of the 20th century has returned, “If you are going to tell a lie, tell a big lie”: