Project Fear is damaging the national interest

12 Jan 2018


Regardless of whether you voted Leave or Remain, securing a good Brexit deal should be a top priority for every UK citizen.


In an interview with Iain Dale on LBC this week, Lord Adonis, a champion Remainer, said he “absolutely wants to sabotage Brexit, in a democratic way”. Democratic or not, this is certainly not the attitude people should be taking on Brexit. Attempting to reverse the will of the people and demanding an additional referendum, is like a child throwing their toys out of the pram because they didn't get what they wanted. 


We have already seen promising signs that Brexit will deliver for Britain.


Since the Brexit vote, the UK has seen the highest ever levels of foreign direct investment in history. The Department for International Trade reported that in 2016/17, there were 2,265 inward investment projects in the UK (up 2% from 2015/16), which were critical in securing 75,226 new jobs for UK workers. Putting it bluntly, there is a growing consensus that Remainers simply need to get over the result and move on.


Recent polling by YouGov even suggests that people are more in favour of Brexit now than ever before. A strong 9% more of survey participants were in favour of leaving the EU than remaining; a number that has steadily been on the rise in recent months.


Sadiq Khan is the latest person to add to Project Fear. Having commissioned a set of economic impact studies following the potential outcomes of Brexit, Mr Khan has warned that the UK economy could be hit with a £54bn loss. This is simply not the case. The Remain camp continue to throw figures around that are based purely on predictions. They refuse to talk about what is actually happening in the economy.


On the same day as this scaremongering, it was reported that UK manufacturing output is expanding at its fastest rate in nearly ten years. Energy projects, cars and aeroplane development are the frontrunners of this improved development. Not only that, but the UK is also seeing a reduction in its trade deficit. The total difference between imports and exports has been reduced by over £2bn in the three months to November 2017. This figure comes as a result of an increase in non-EU nation exports rising by over 5%. 


Remainers are often quick to laugh off the £350 million a week boost to the NHS budget after we leave the European Union, but are equally keen to demand more immediate funding for the health service. Whether or not the money actually becomes available following Brexit, is another matter altogether. However, this potential extra funding (should it even exist) can only be made available with a hard Brexit - something they are prepared to write off all the more quickly.


Fortunately, it seems we are not heading for a no deal scenario, but this process, as everyone was made fully aware, will be a long one. Despite the efforts of the Remain camp to reassert the ‘Project Fear’ narrative, the Brexit movement remains resilient to its attacks. Essentially the message is clear. Brexit is going to happen one way or another. The fundamental issue with Remainers at the moment is their willingness to subvert the national interest. It is not uncommon for individuals and groups to put differences aside and come together for the common good. This is, more than anything, a plea to Remain voters.


Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, that’s the beauty of a democratic system. Yet their surely must be a point at which, whatever your opinion, people put country ahead of political beliefs and come together to do so.


This incomprehensible fixation with criticising Brexit has simply got to stop. Not only does it weaken our negotiating position, with continued uncertainty that there might be another referendum, but it damages the fundamental principles of democracy. If we had another referendum and Remain won, would pro-Brexit voters be entitled to ask for another one? We’d have referendum after referendum and the UK would stuck in a continual spiral, whereby we cannot improve our prospects as a nation, both socially and economically.




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