Douglas Carswell

27 OCT 2016

Is the Project Fear coalition collapsing?

The Guardian thinks it's a scoop that the PM, who openly campaigned to Remain, campaigned to Remain. It's less bothered that Jeremy Corbyn – one of Parliament's staunchest Eurosceptics – is now parroting Project Fear. Fortunately, he looks to be in a shrinking minority.

Guardianistas might not have noticed, but Theresa May isn't the only Remainer to change her tune on Brexit. The international bodies George Osborne wheeled out to bully us into voting Remain have quietly switched course too.

The IMF has said that, far from suffering the post-referendum slump it originally forecast, the UK is set to be the fastest-growing economy in the G7 this year.

The World Bank, which just a few months ago blamed Brexit for a global slowdown, today claims the UK is the best developed economy in which to do business.

Now the head of the World Trade Organisation, who had warned us it would be tortuous to renegotiate the terms of our membership of his association, says actually there needn't be any disruption after all.

The fact that these international bodies have swallowed their words so easily gives the lie to the notion that they are independent, objective observers.

In reality, as you might expect from organisations so often led by ex-politicians, they are political. Their "expert" wisdom should be treated with caution.

But it reveals something else too. Now that Brexit is a reality, not just a prospect, the game has changed. These bodies now have an incentive to be constructive, rather than obstructive.

Maybe the Remain rearguard in Fleet Street – not to mention Westminster – can learn something from their "expert" idols after all.

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