EU funded think-tank Brexit brochure austerity warning

“The IFS are part of this cosy establishment which desperately wants to keep us in the European Union.”

turkeys17:23 Wednesday 25th May 2016
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

CHRIS MANN: There’s been a mixed response to a report from an economic think-tank suggesting that quitting the European Union could cause two more years of austerity. The Institute for Fiscal Studies accepts that savings would be made if the British people voted to leave in next month’s referendum, but its boss Paul Johnson says that the benefits would be offset with the economy set to shrink.
PAUL JOHNSON: The immediate effect of leaving the EU would be that the Government would have an extra £8 billion or so to spend, money that currently goes to the European Union. But it wouldn’t take very much at all to change in the economy to lose that very quickly, and our best estimate is actually you’d lose quite a lot more than that £8 billion, because the economy would grow less quickly than otherwise.
CHRIS MANN: But the Leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage is questioning the impartiality of the organisation.
NIGEL FARAGE: They take in millions of pounds of money from the European Union. So once again, it’s the same old game, it’s taxpayers’ money being used to tell us what we should think, and what you should do. And frankly the scale of this now is outrageous. The Government and all their friends, taxpayer funded friends, are frankly cheating.
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Cameron Europe campaign begins in Berkshire

The focus is going to be on the threat to industry, to jobs, in the event of Britain leaving the European Union.

david_cameron08:23 Tuesday 23rd February 2016
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

DOTTY MCLEOD: David Cameron is taking to the road today answering questions from voters, as he begins campaigning for Britain to stay in the European Union in the forthcoming referendum. He’s facing criticism though from Conservative Eurosceptics, who have accused him of launching a personal attack in the Commons on the Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Boris Johnson has decided to support those wanting to leave the EU. The spat is splashed across most of this morning’s newspapers. I’m joined now by our Political Correspondent Paul Rowley. An argument in the House of Commons between two Old Etonians Paul, it strikes me that this is slightly peculiar front page news.
PAUL ROWLEY: It’s bizarre to be honest with you. I’m very worried in a way that it’s been portrayed as a kind of psycho-drama Dotty, a bit like the tensions we saw when Tony Blair was Prime Minister and Gordon Brown wanted to be Prime Minister. Although I think this may well be overplayed by some of my colleagues in the national press, just because it’s easier frankly to tell this story as a kind of soap opera through the eyes of two of the leading characters, rather than talk about the ‘ishues’, as Tony Benn used to call it. But I tell you, this is what’s happening on Day One of the campaign. Heaven only knows what it’s going to be like by the time we all get to vote in four months time.
DOTTY MCLEOD: David Cameron then taking to the road today. Is that right?
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