8 outrageous claims made in the Brexit debate

by The Listener / 23 May, 2016
Hitler, Isis and the Queen have all been invoked as the debate over the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union rages on.
Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo/Getty Images
Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo/Getty Images


1. British Prime Minister David Cameron suggests that Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would be a Brexiter.

Not only would the leader of the murderous terrorist organisation welcome the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, according to Cameron, but so too would Russian President Vladimir Putin.

2. Former London mayor Boris Johnson says, “This is the biggest stitch-up since the Bayeux Tapestry.”

Johnson also used his literary prowess to win the Spectator’s inaugural President Erdogan Offensive Poetry Competition, a typically British response to the prosecution of a German comedian for insulting the Turkish president on a German television show. The poem is, as required by the rules of the competition, too offensive to be reprinted here.

3. Cameron suggests Brexit could lead to World War III

“The serried rows of white headstones in lovingly tended Commonwealth war cemeteries stand as silent testament to the price that this country has paid to help restore peace and order in Europe,” Cameron says. “Can we be so sure that peace and stability on our continent are assured beyond any shadow of doubt?”

4. Johnson compares Hitler’s plans for European domination to the EU

“Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically,” Johnson says. “The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods.”

5. Another former London mayor, Ken Livingstone, who recently suggested Hitler supported Zionism, condemns Johnson for invoking Hitler

The former mayors prove that Godwin’s law doesn’t just apply to online discussions as they duke it out over Hitler’s legacy.

6. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown claims it would “not be British” to leave the EU

As one pro-Brexit commentator put it, “I found it surprising that Brown could claim that people who want Britain to govern herself are un-British while those who want Britain to be ruled from abroad are patriots.”

7. Voting to remain would bring 12,726,000 guns into the single market

With unabashed confidence, Vote Leave claims that the (hypothetical) accession of Turkey, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia would bring 12,726,000 guns into the single market.

8. “Queen backs Brexit”

The front page splash from British tabloid the Sun led to a complaint from Buckingham Palace, which usually stays neutral on political questions. An Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) ruling said the headline was inaccurate, forcing the editor to publish the following non-apology: “Does the Queen back Brexit? We’re sure she does. But today we are having to publish a front page ruling by the Press regulator Ipso over our March 9 headline which claimed Her Majesty was for Leaving.”

Photo/Students for Britain/Twitter
Photo/Students for Britain/Twitter


BONUS: Condoms for Brexit

You better believe it. “The safer choice” and “it’s riskier to stay in” read the condoms put out by Students for Britain in support of Brexit.

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