Leaving the EU is not about how much money we will save - although save some we will.
As pointed out by +Richard North today, the utterly inept Vote Leave campaign has dropped a bollock on the numbers involved with EU exit. Eagerly picked up by The Guardian, such mistakes damage the entire "Leave" brand and - given the newspaper's generally
You know, the Great Undecided, without whose support the whole referendum will be a waste of time. Such people will simply have their existing prejudices confirmed, ergo "The Leave lot are a bunch of bloody amateurs; better the devil you know etc."
To my addled mind there are two important conclusions to draw:
- It is not about the money anyway. For years the British public has been bombarded with figures about the costs of EU membership; about arcane rebates debated behind locked doors; about "getting our own money back" via EU grants to Universities and so on. Banging on about the numbers has not worked in the past and will not work going forward. We will save some money but not oodles of filthy lucre: five billion a year is nice but small change against the public sector debt of £1.4 trillion and rising. If the debate is framed around the money (and then the figures we use are wrong!!) then it is a debate already lost.
- What we are fighting for with "Brexcit" is actually about establishing ourselves again on the global stage, breaking away from "Little Europe", and bringing some democracy back to the British public, points well made in the final three paragraphs here. Again: it is NOT about the money.