Autonomous Mind picks up on an “outrageous lie” by Andrew Gilligan in the Telegragh in defence of our membership of the EU, and in the same paper we have further evidence of the Telegraph setting out the pro-EU case with another scaremongering story:
Senior banking and business figures spoken to by The Sunday Telegraph have revealed growing disquiet at Government plans for a referendum where one option could be an exit from the EU.One senior banking executive said: “The whole issue has the potential to be very destabilising for the City.
And so on and so forth, cue lots of reasons why we shouldn’t leave. But further down the piece we get this rather confusing gem on why the Norway solution is not appropriate:
“Britain can never become a Switzerland or Norway,” the executive said, referring to arguments that the UK could have a trade agreement with the EU similar to those two countries.
“They are very small by comparison and have completely different economies.”
But the UK does have the same trade agreement as Norway already, by virtue of the fact we are both in the Single Market – Norway by being a member of the EEA only. So what’s he saying? Because Norway is small and has a different economy then the Single Market which is appropriate for them is not for us? In effect arguing for our complete exit. Such is the desperation to keep us in the arguements seem to be getting less coherent.
But what it does reveal is the amount of significant groundwork being prepared to keep us in even though a referendum is still likely to be years away yet. If the eurosceptic movement, and Ukip, doesn’t up its game quickly then we are going to lose, and lose heavily.