BRUSSELS’ bureaucrat-in-chief publicly refused to endorse David Cameron’s Project Fear campaign today as even the EU turned its back on the PM’s out of control scaremongering. Jean-Claude Juncker pointedly declined to back up the Prime Minister’s economic arguments about Brexit and did not deny the Europhiles’ own admission that it would push up wages for ordinary Britons. Embarrassingly for Mr Cameron he would not even support the PM’s argument that his disastrous and roundly mocked EU ‘renegotiation’ deal will help reduce migration.
The sun will come up on Friday morning whatever the result of the referendum. But Leave or Remain, Britain will never be the same country again. We face a stark choice. Do we vote to become once more the ultimate masters of our own destiny, with the power to make our laws and control our own borders? Or do we conclude that we are incapable of running our own affairs and are better off as a meek dependency of an ever-expanding European superstate? That’s the nub of the argument, not the wildly alarmist horror stories which have characterised the risible propaganda pumped out by Remain. This has always been about democracy and self-determination, not money. You can’t put a price on independence and national sovereignty.
ONE of Britain’s foremost pensions experts has warned that remaining in the EU will be catastrophic for both state and private pensions in the UK. Professor David Blake, Director of the Pensions Institute at the Cass Business School, has written a paper outlining 10 reasons why staying in the EU ranges from “pretty bad to very, very bad” for pensions. His devastating analysis came as new research by Vote Leave has revealed that just one EU directive due to come in shortly will increase the cost of British pensions by £328 million a year.
CALAIS was shut down yesterday after a gang of 300 stone-throwing migrants stormed the port and tried to board ferries bound for Britain. Riot police fired tear gas to keep the mob at bay and approach roads to the port were turned into a battleground. The alarming scenes refocused attention on Britain’s inability to properly police its borders as the EU referendum campaign intensified yesterday.
THE Channel Tunnel and Calais ferries were shut down after an army of stone-throwing migrants tried to force their way into the UK. Roads approaching the Eurotunnel Shuttle and ferry terminals were turned into a warzone as French riot police fired tear gas in a desperate attempt to keep the mob at bay. England football fans were caught in the chaos as gangs of migrants blocked traffic in a bid to break into lorries bound for the UK. Eyewitnesses report the horde were throwing rocks at cars and chanting: “F*** the UK.”
Hospitals are facing high demand equivalent to an ‘endless winter’ and are under such strain that patients are routinely being dumped in corridors and storerooms, senior nurses have warned. Some A&E units are so unsafe that staff say they would not take their own family there as it is ‘sheer luck’ whether they receive proper care. The elderly are routinely woken at 3am and made to move wards to find room for increasing numbers of sick patients, it has been claimed.
Homeowners are being offered the first ever fixed mortgage rate below 1 per cent after banks started a new price war. HSBC will today launch a two-year home loan deal at 0.99 per cent – the lowest fixed rate since records began. Experts say it could trigger a flood of new cheap deals as banks and building societies fight to lure in customers. The cuts come after Bank of England signalled interest rates could stay at rock bottom for several more years and could even be cut in the coming months.
David Cameron was warned four years ago that the Government would not be able to meet its immigration promises while Britain remained in the European Union. The Prime Minister’s former policy adviser Steve Hilton says civil servants told the Prime Minister “directly and explicitly” that the pledge to reduce migration to the tens of thousands would fail. Mr Hilton said that Mr Cameron had restated his commitment to the now famous target in the 2015 general election even though he “had been told (it) was undeliverable”.
Civil servants told David Cameron in 2012 that it was “impossible” for the government to meet its flagship immigration pledge, the PM’s former director of strategy has claimed. Steve Hilton said Mr Cameron was told “explicitly and directly” that EU free movement rules meant net migration could not be reduced below 100,000. The target featured in the Tories’ election manifesto last year. A Downing Street spokesman said: “We simply do not recognise this story.” The spokesman questioned why Mr Hilton – who is backing a Leave vote – had chosen to make his comments for the first time days before Thursday’s referendum.
David Cameron was warned it was “impossible” to meet the government’s pledge on immigration if Britain stayed in the EU, his former advisor has claimed. The Prime Minister’s former policy guru Steve Hilton said civil servants “directly and explicitly” explained that to the Prime Minister four years ago. But Leave supporter Mr Hilton says Cameron reaffirmed his commitment to target in the 2015 election even though he “had been told it was undeliverable”. Just weeks ago, Cameron insisted he stuck by his ”ambition” to pull the number of immigrants coming to the UK under 100,000 – but last month net figures topped 333,000.