→ What the former Prime Minister warned BEFORE the referendum
𝗝𝗢𝗛𝗡 𝗠𝗔𝗝𝗢𝗥’𝗦 𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧 𝗢𝗡 𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗫𝗜𝗧 – 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝟭𝟬-𝗺𝗶𝗻𝘂𝘁𝗲 𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼
Last month [February 2023] former UK Prime Minister, Sir John Major, told a Parliamentary committee that #Brexit has been “a colossal mistake”.
The video I produced of his statements against leaving the #EU have had over 1 million views so far, with thousands more every day.
[Watch the video on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/VNFIllQwpm8%5D
Most of the thousands of comments supported Sir John’s view.
But several commenters claimed that it was easy for the former Conservatives Prime Minister to criticise Brexit now, in hindsight, after it had happened.
Why didn’t he warn voters before Brexit went ahead?
Well, the point is that Sir John did. He was as vocal against Brexit before the referendum as he is now after it.
In that sense, it can be said that the Sir John Major had foresight, as well as hindsight, about the dangers of Brexit.
In June 2016, three weeks before the EU referendum, Sir John said in a BBC TV interview that the Leave campaign was “fundamentally dishonest” and “verging on the squalid.”
He accused Brexit campaigners of feeding out to the British people “a whole galaxy of inaccurate and frankly untrue information.”
“And what they have not done,” he added, “is tell us what would be the position if we were to vote to leave.”
Sir John said of Brexit, “I think it would be chaotic and damaging and I think the people who would suffer most would be the everyday man and woman in the street.”
It was put to Sir John, by interviewer Andrew Marr, that Leave campaigners claimed Brexit would mean an extra 300,000 more jobs would be created “because we would be free to strike our own trade deals with America and Australia and China and other countries.”
“Well, it’s fantasy,” responded Sir John. “We would lose a huge amount in terms of national income through trade,” he said, pointing out that businesses would sell less to the #SingleMarket if we left the #EU.
He added, “I am angry at the way the British people are being misled.”
The former Prime Minister was right, wasn’t he? What a shame his warnings were not heeded.
Watch the video and judge for yourself.
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▪ © Commentary and video edit by @JonDanzig
▪ Transcript of full John Major interview: https://ift.tt/qJdX1au
▪ 𝗝𝗼𝗻 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝘇𝗶𝗴 is an independent campaigning journalist and film maker who specialises in writing about health, human rights, and Europe. He is also founder of the information campaign, @Reasons2Rejoin