The campaign on the referendum for the UK to Remain or to Leave the EU is heating up. There is a lot of noise, and a good deal of mud slinging. There are suggestions from the Remain camp that were the UK to Leave, the beneficiaries would be Putin’s Russia, ISIS, and “populists” across the Europe. From the Leave camp come statements that the EU is already an undemocratic superstate in the making, and were the UK to stay, it will become
a province of a United States of Europe.
The arguments however have been incisive on both sides. My suggestions is that those of you who want to be informed should not listen to the mudslinging at lower levels. Because the stakes are high, inevitably personal relations are being put to the test. My intent in choosing the following statements is that voters in the UK, and interested observers from without, can get access to excellent presentations on both positions. The choice is predicated on my judgement of sound and informative speeches by leaders on both sides.
The discerning among you will recognise the weak points in both cases, and hopefully come to your own conclusions, or confirm your own views on which way the voting should go.
Prime Minister, David Cameron statement on Europe referendum: House of Commons
Sir John Major, Why Britain Should Remain in the EU : Oxford Union
Lord Hague, Why a Eurosceptic Should Vote to Remain: Chatham House
Sir John Major and Tony Blair in Northern Ireland, http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36486016
Nigel Lawson, Margaret Thatchers Chancellor of the Exchequer, Making the Case for Brexit: Chatham House
I would be interested in what readers make of these speeches. The British voting public is
being presented with a very demanding choice. The polls show that both sides are neck and neck, with a rough 12% still undecided.
Here is the Daily Telegraph Debate: EU Referendum Debate | Boris Johnson v. Alex Salmond | Telegraph & Huffington Post