The cross-party ‘Vote Leave‘ campaign launches tonight. Here is what you need to know.
Campaigns on board: Business for Britain, Conservatives for Britain and Labour Leave
Donors on board: Tory donor Peter Cruddas, Labour donor John Mills, UKIP donor Stuart Wheeler
Politicians on board: Steve Baker (Co-Chairman, Conservatives for Britain); Douglas Carswell (UKIP); Kate Hoey (Co-Chair, Labour Leave); Kelvin Hopkins (L); Bernard Jenkin (C); Owen Paterson (C); and Graham Stringer (L)
Vote Leave say they will focus on “technological and economic forces“, broken European institutions and the failure of politicians to win reform in Brussels. They will argue: “A vote to remain is the riskier option“. Their main arguments will be:
“Technological and economic forces are changing the world fast. EU institutions cannot cope. We have lost control of vital policies. This is damaging. We need a new relationship. What happens if we vote ‘leave’?
We should negotiate a new UK-EU deal based on free trade and friendly cooperation. We end the supremacy of EU law. We regain control. We stop sending £350 million every week to Brussels and instead spend it on our priorities, like the NHS and science research.
We regain our seats on international institutions like the World Trade Organisation so we are a more influential force for free trade and international cooperation.
A vote to ‘leave’ and a better, friendlier relationship with the EU is much safer than giving Brussels more power and money every year.”
There will be a salary cap of £99,000 for everyone working on the campaign “so those giving money to the campaign know that the money is going to the campaign – not to huge six figure salaries”. The SE1 based group says “This campaign cannot be won from a London headquarters.”
Leave.EU, Arron Banks’ rival ‘out’ campaign, say in a delightfully passive aggressive press release:
“LEAVE.EU and I’m sure all the current groups under our umbrella, The Bow Group, Bruges Group, Global Britain, Get Britain Out, The Democracy Movement, The Campaign for an Independent Britain and UKIP are extremely pleased to welcome Business4Britian to the ‘out’ side.”
Hopefully the two campaigns will now be able to put aside their differences and unite behind the cause, Guido says optimistically…