Lies of the British political class

Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 08.17.57Dalrymple explains that in the run-up to the Common Market referendum in 1975, the British government, which was in favour of remaining,

lied to people.

The main argument of those who wished to leave the EEC, Dalrymple reminds us,

was that remaining would destroy British sovereignty and therefore parliamentary democracy.

The government distributed a pamphlet to every household in which it claimed, inter alia:

No important new policy can be decided by Brussels or anywhere else without the consent of a British Minister answerable to a British Government and British Parliament.

Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 08.18.34This was, of course, a falsehood. Everyone knew, Dalrymple points out,

that the EEC was never intended to be merely a free-trade area (or rather, customs union), and that it was, from the very first, a political project more than an economic one. The falsity of the claims in the government’s pamphlet was soon evident, but there was no demand for another referendum.

British membership of the EEC thus

continued on a foundation of false promises by British leaders.

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