Douglas Carswell

13 JUN 2016

Why Remain won't make a positive case

We've seen their scare stories. We've heard their warnings to trust the experts. We've witnessed their personal attacks against people on our side. But we still haven't heard a positive argument to vote Remain. Why?

Ten days out from the referendum, it's pretty remarkable that the Remainers haven't presented the people with one good reason to believe in the European project. Instead of trying to persuade, they have consistently resorted to manipulation.

First, they pretended the Prime Minister had renegotiated our relationship with the EU. But the public didn't buy it.

Then, they made out our economy would collapse and World War III would break out the moment Britain voted to leave. But people saw through that too.

Now they have resorted to insulting the Leavers. I lost track of how many cheap shots Team Remain aimed at Boris Johnson in last week's ITV debate. Yet snap surveys afterward showed viewers weren't sold on that either.

The Remain campaign has been an insult to the electorate's intelligence. As a tactic, that doesn't seem to have paid off.

But what if it's not a tactic?

Some Remainers genuinely appear to believe that voters can't be trusted to look after their own interests. The EU will stop Britain's nasty government doing what it was elected to do, Nicola Sturgeon told us. Most MPs want to vote Remain, said unelected Pensions Minister Ros Altmann, so why should the public get a say?

They seem to support Britain's EU membership not in spite of the fact it keeps power away from the people, but because of it.

Ruling elites have always despised democracy. The people have always benefitted from it. Don't be duped by their deception. Britain will be better off with the public in power.

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