George Osborne seems to be happy to admit to his regrets and mistakes which he feels is the reason for the UK voting “Leave” in the EU Referendum, telling BBC Newsnight that it should not have set targets on immigration that they knew they would not be able to meet, and allowed for, in his eyes, a minority concern around leaving the EU to be linked directly to immigration control, which he feels was lethal to the debate on the referendum.
“We were wrong to play into the debate that everything that Brussels did was a challenge and a battle and was wrong.” – George Osborne on BBC Newsnight (Watch Here)
Admitting to not being particularly keen on holding an EU referendum, he only went along with it in supporting David Cameron, of who he was the closest ally to in government and served as his chancellor for the entirety of Cameron’s time as prime minister.
The referendum was launched mostly on the back of a series of failed deal attempts with the EU o curb immigration, with the main warnings given during the campaign itself being the job losses and tax rises that could happen if Britain left the European Union, which critics simply attacked as being a form of scaremongering and to project fear on the masses.
All of this was going on while Theresa May, as the (then) Home Secretary, was failing to hit the targets of reducing net migration to below 100,000 a year.
Other concerns that are raised was that the vote for Brexit could have been encouraged by his austerity policies, with the example of pensioners wanting to leave the EU because of this, all of which George Osborne has denied, but he was nevertheless still attacked by Polly Toynbee, a columnist who writes for the Guardian, who told him that he has “done such harm and damage to this country”.
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