EU monsters project fear

This week’s scare story is a rarity, in that its author has had the decency to recognise that it was nonsense.

As Iain Dale recounted this morning, when faced with the fact that the EU’s importance as a destination for UK exports has been falling as the Eurozone stagnates, Anna Soubry then predicted that Leaving the EU would seem exports fall to “almost absolutely zero”. That is of course completely untrue – plenty of non-EU countries sell to EU customers under all sorts of different trade terms, even under basic WTO rules.

It’s to Soubry’s credit that she has conceded that her warning was wrong. But it also says a lot about the pro-EU campaign’s state of mind. When presented with facts, their response is increasingly divorced from reality. It isn’t an indication of a campaign in good health.