Most of the factors threatening Britain’s place in Europe have nothing to do with the EU
This email is to tell you about a new blog post on Ephems, at http://www.barder.com/4673, “Most of the factors threatening Britain’s place in Europe have nothing to do with the EU”. This examines some of the factors, especially those concerning immigration, that are being cited by the advocates of Brexit (a referendum vote by Britain to leave the European Union) as reasons for leaving. It seeks to explain why these arguments appear to be gaining such traction even though the majority of them have little or nothing to do with British membership of the EU, and why solutions to the problems that arouse such anxieties and anger over immigration would be no nearer solution even if Britain were to vote to leave the European Union. It acknowledges that many of these anxieties and some of this anger are real, understandable, and in some cases perfectly reasonable, but argues that the Brexiteers should not be allowed to get away with their mendacious assertions that the underlying causes of anger about immigration arise from British membership of the European Union. Since those campaigning for a vote to remain in the EU have now comprehensively won the argument over the economic case for staying, it is vital now to demolish the Brexiteers’ unsustainable arguments designed to exploit popular anxieties over immigration when these, though genuine, are mainly irrelevant to the question of British EU membership.
For the full text of the blog post, and to read other people’s comments on it, please visit http://www.barder.com/4673, writing any comments, supportive or critical, at the bottom of that blog post, not please in reply to this round-robin email.
Greetings from a confusing mixture of sunshine and heavy showers in Wandsworth in south-west London.
12 June 2016