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Britain and Europe Analysis: Brexit “One of the Most Dishonest Campaigns Ever”

Britain and Europe Analysis: Brexit “One of the Most Dishonest Campaigns Ever”
July 02
23:29 2016

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.

See Britain and Europe Opinion: Some Final Thoughts for Today’s EU Referendum Vote

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”:

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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  1. Andre De Angelis
    Andre De Angelis July 03, 02:55

    This deserves an award for being such a monumental sulk

    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;

    Oh really? And where were the remain campaign while all this deception was taking place? The remain campaign had unlimited resources to refute any false claim. Either they were unable to or underestimated the leave campaign. The fact is that the remain campaign couldn’t come up with an explanation regarding the powers of the European Union or on economic negotiations because the explanations are so convoluted and layered in bureaucratic absurdity and red tape that any attempt to explain would have been self defeating.

    2. “Leave promised things that they were not in a position to deliver”;

    You mean like pretty much every campaign during an election?

    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”

    Oh the poor remain campaign was imply defenseless against the onslaught of the leave campaign. Isn’t it odd how one of the key argument of the remain campaign was that being a member of the EU would provide strength and security yet the EU is unable to stand up to any challenge to it’s legitimacy?

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