By John Brindley - Staff Author
TIM MARTIN, Brexit-backing chairman of Wetherspoons, has explained how the metropolitan elite has used a ‘circle of deceit’ to con the British public about the need for a deal with the European Union.
Brexit debates in the House of Commons on the eve of a historic vote on Theresa May’s much criticised withdrawal bill on Tuesday continue to focus on the alleged calamity of a ‘no deal’.
The Prime Minister herself has warned that rejecting her proposed agreement could result in no Brexit at all despite 17.4 million voting to leave in the EU referendum in June 2016.
In his free magazine Wetherspoon News, which claims a readership of 2m customers, Mr Martin writes: “The CBI, the FT, most big company directors, the City, media and politicians supported the disastrous exchange rate mechanism (ERM) in the late 1980s, its successor the Euro, Remain in the referendum and the argument that the UK economy would crash IMMEDIATELY after a leave vote.
“They got it wrong on ALL these points.
“After losing the referendum, the same cabal decided that the best way to defeat the democratic will of the people would be to say that we mustn’t leave without a deal.
“The Cabal used a more graphic tactic to win over public opinion, so that they would back the need for a deal. Their chosen tactic, a complete lie, repeated again and again, was that food prices would automatically rise if we left the EU without a deal.”
In contrast, Mr Martin argues that since the EU is a protectionists organisation which charges import taxes to most of the 93 per cent of the world which isn’t in the EU, leaving without a deal means these taxes can be ended by the UK government in March.
“There is nothing the EU can do about it. We don’t need their permission,” he adds.
“By taking this route, imports from the EU – seven per cent of the world – would, as now, be tariff free under WTO rules.
“This free trade approach has been adopted by successful economies like Singapore, Switzerland, Australia, Israel, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Canada and others.”
Mr Martin concludes: “Most MPs, economists, business people and City analysts read the FT, The Times and Barclays Bank reports.
“They speak to one another in the echo chamber of Remain and errors of fact are reinforced by the echo so that ‘lies become the truth’.
“Almost all the people in the circle of deceit regarding food prices went to Oxford and Cambridge universities. They obviously feel that the public is a bit thick and will believe this nonsense.
“Bad luck, folks – the lounge lizards, harbour sharks, reprobates, amateur philosophers, racing pundits, good-time boyos and gals have rumbled this nonsense.
“Remember what Abraham Lincoln said: ‘You can fool some of the people, some of the time.’”
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