PBC EU Update - 13th May 2016

David Cameron warns that leaving the EU would threaten UK's peace and stability

In a speech at the British Museum in London this week David Cameron, Prime Minister, warned that peace and stability cannot be assured in Europe if the UK decides to leave the EU. In the speech, Mr.Cameron moved the Remain campaign focus from highlighting the economic risks of leave the EU, to highlighting what he called the “patriotic choice”.

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Boris Johnson says David Cameron's EU talks are a 'failure'

Just hours after David Cameron made his speech, former London Mayor, Boris Johnson made a speech in London in which he called the EU “virtually identical” after David Cameron’s EU reform talks. Eurosceptics had bee “excited” by the “fundamental, far-reaching change” Mr.Cameron had promised for the discussions with the EU, Mr.Johnson said, but “quietly despaired as no reforms were forthcoming”. “If you look at what we were promised, and what we got, the government should logically be campaigning on our side today”.

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George Osborne warns Brexit would hit house prices significantly

Speaking on the first episode of ITV’s Peston on Sunday, George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, stated that leaving the EU would hit house prices significantly and make mortgages more expensive. Despite the Remain campaign moving from economic arguments to patriotic arguments this week, Mr.Osborne alliterated his plans of publishing Treasury research which will highlight the short-term costs of Brexit, which includes the finding that property prices could fall. Osborne argued that Brexit would be a “catastrophe” in terms of lost jobs and could “wreck the economy”.

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Michael Gove argues that Brexit would make UK safer

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Michael Gove has argued that “life in this country would change because Britain would be safer” if voters back Brexit in the June referendum. He went on to argue that in the event of a Brexit, Britain’s borders and national security laws must be immediately changed, in order to free intelligence agencies from European law, allow foreign criminals and terrorists to be deported without hindrance, and free the British armed forces from Brussels rules.

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Gordon Brown says quitting EU would not be British

In a speech at the London School of Economics, the former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown argued that it is “not British to retreat to Europe’s sidelines”. He said that Britain needs to be in the EU to shape the continent’s response to terrorism, immigration and climate change, whereas it is not “in tune with the Churchillian spirit” to “disengage”.

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Iain Duncan Smith says the EU helps the rich at the expense of the poor

In a speech on Tuesday, the former Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith argued that the EU helps the “haves” at the expense of the “have-nots”. He argued that the EU’s immigration policy drives wages and increases the cost of living. Furthermore, he claimed that immigration is driving a rise in house prices and as a result young people in particular have lost out on housing.

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Alan Johnson argues that Brexiters without good word for EU are not rational

During the launch of a bus tour of the UK, in Southbank, London, the leader of Labour’s In campaign, Alan Johnson, branded the most staunchly pro-Brexit campaigners “extremists”. Mr.Johnson said those campaigning for Brexit without anything good to say about the EU were the extremists in the debate, demonstrating a mentality that is “not rational and not balanced”.

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