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Key statements of the EU referendum

In a debate characterised by lies and misinformation, the political leylines have often been misunderstood. Here are some of Anthony Barnett’s sources from Blimey, it could be Brexit! What would you add?  

Jamie Mackay
22 June 2016
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These are some of the key statements that Anthony Barnett has consulted in the writing of Blimey, it could be Brexit! A majority of voters have told pollsters that they feel ill-informed about the referendum debate, which has been dominated by misinformation. We hope these links will help illuminate the core arguments for Leave and Remain.

David Cameron’s Bloomberg speech, promising a renegotiation (“a new settlement”) – 23rd January 2013 

Douglas Carswell’s defection to UKIP (video) – 28th August 2014 

The Five Presidents' Report: Completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union – 22nd June 2015 

Bank of England report on the significance of EU Membership – October 2015 

Bank of England governor Mark Carney’s Cairncross Lecture – 21st October 2015 

Democracy in Europe Movement 25 (DiEM25) manifesto (short version) – February 2016 

Letter from EC president Donald Tusk to council members – 2nd February 2016 

Nigel Farage’s response to the Tusk letter (video) in the European parliament – 3rd February 2016

Renegotiation agreement: “a new settlement for the UK within the EU” – 19th February 2016 

David Cameron’s statement in Brussels after agreeing the deal – 19th February 2016 

Michael Gove’s declaration for Leave – 20th February 2016 

David Cameron’s statement to the House of Commons; includes Jeremy Corbyn’s response – 22nd February 2016 

Boris Johnson’s declaration for Leave – 16th March 2016 

Yanis Varoufakis: Why we must save the EU – 5th April 2016 

Owen Jones: for Leave (July 2015), against Leave (May 2016) 

George Osborne interview: “a battle for the soul of the country” – 5th June 2016 

Letter from Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Gisela Stuart to David Cameron & George Osborne – 5th June 2016 

Cameron’s press conference on the ‘Six Lies of Leave’ – 7th June 2016 

Nicola Sturgeon warns Scots: Brexit leaves you at mercy of Tory Right wing after Cameron ousted – 15th June 2016

We welcome suggestions for additional publications that have influenced the course of this debate – which will continue to be influential and controversial long after the vote. 

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