I have been writing a lot about the EU referendum. During the course of doing so, I’ve realised that there is no obvious place that brings together many of the main statements and positions on either side of the referendum debate. This is therefore a “live” list, to which I will add interesting and useful sources as they appear. It will be useful for me to consult from time to time, and hopefully others might find it helpful too.
Feel free to suggest additions in the comments.
Take me to…
- Info on the Leave Campaign
- Info on the Remain Campaign
- I don’t trust either of the campaigns. Where can I find other information?
Neutral places to start
- BBC – “all you need to know”
- BBC – EU referendum issues guide
- UK Parliament: referendum and related issues
- The Week
- Sky News
- The Economist – A background guide to “Brexit”
- Full Fact’s assessment of the government’s leaflet on the EU
- LSE’s European Politics and Policy research site
- House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee – Implications of EU membership referendum on the UK’s place in the world
- House of Commons Treasury Committee – Costs and Benefits of UK’s EU Membership
Neutral fact-checking and myth-busting
- The UK in a Changing Europe
- Full Fact
- The Conversation’s Brexit page
- UK Statistics Authority statement
Relevant research by non-partisan/neutral think tanks and institutions
- The Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation’s Brexit analysis, related press release, and comments from Secretary-General Angel GurriA
- The International Monetary Fund’s latest World Economic Outlook (p.23-24 are most relevant) and associated blog post
- British Chambers of Commerce – EU Referendum Hub
- Federation of Small Businesses – EU Referendum page
- Global Counsel – Brexit: the impact on the UK and the EU
- Open Europe – What if there were a Brexit?
- Open Europe – Where next? A liberal, free-market guide to Brexit
- Capital Economics – The economic impact of Brexit
- London School of Economics – Life after Brexit: What are the UK’s options outside the European Union?
- London School of Economics – Is the UK marginalised in the EU?
- London School of Economics – Does the UK win or lose in the Council of Ministers?
- Institute for Government on how different national Parliaments scrutinise EU legislation
The Remain campaign
The official lobbying group chosen by the Electoral Commission to lead the Remain side is called “Britain Stronger in Europe”. It is often referred to as “StrongerIn”. Its executive director is Will Straw and its chairman is Sir Stuart Rose.
Statements by prominent politicians and the government
- The government’s leaflet supporting a vote for Remain
- David Cameron, Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party
- George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer
- HM Treasury’s analysis and associated news story on the negative impact of Brexit
- Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party
- Barack Obama, President of the United States of America
- Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Scottish National Party
- Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats
- Nick Clegg, former Deputy Prime Minister and ex-leader of the Liberal Democrats
- John Major, former Prime Minister
- Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development
Groups and statements in favour of Remain
- Academics for Europe
- Another Europe is Possible
- Business for New Europe
- Brand EU
- Confederation of British Industries (CBI)
- Environmentalists for Europe (E4E)
- Experts supporting Britain remaining in Europe (over 1,000 of them)
- Fire Brigades Union (subject to a vote at conference)
- FTSE 100 companies (36 of them)
- Healthier IN the EU
- National Farmers’ Union
- Scientists for EU
- Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
- Students for Europe
- Trades Union Congress – (NHS)
- Trades Union Congress – (jobs)
- Trades Union Congress – (loss of income)
- UNISON – the public service trade union
- Universities for Europe
- We are Europe
Scientists for EU also has a longer list of such groups here.
InFacts is a prominent organization aiming to make the pro-Remain case without resorting to “inaccuracies and twisted logic”. Anyone wanting to see the best arguments the pro-EU campaign has to offer should read their website. It even includes a list of mistakes and errors made by Remain campaigners, ‘In’s Sins‘.
British Influence is a pro-EU think tank arguing for a more active role for Britain in global affairs. Among other things it measures the UK’s clout at the EU bargaining table, producing a scorecard every year.
Chris Kendall has produced this helpful comparison of democratic accountability in the UK and the EU.
Professor Nicholas Barr, a leading academic at the London School of Economics, has produced a comprehensive article on why he is voting to Remain.
The Leave campaign
The official lobbying group for the Leave campaign as selected by the Electoral Commission is Vote Leave. It is chaired by Labour MP Gisela Stuart, its Chief Executive is Matthew Elliott, and its Campaign Director is Dominic Cummings.
There is a competing campaign group called Leave.eu (Twitter, Facebook). It was set up by UKIP donor Arron Banks and backed by leader Nigel Farage. It incorporates the Grassroots Out Movement, which is backed by Labour MP Kate Hoey and former MP and London mayoral candidate George Galloway.
Statements by prominent politicians
- Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Justice
- Iain Duncan Smith, former leader of the Conservative Party
- Boris Johnson, Mayor of London – 1
- Boris Johnson, Mayor of London – 2
- Boris Johnson, Mayor of London – 3
- Kate Hoey MP, Labour
- Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP (on Cameron’s renegotiation)
- Frank Field MP, Labour
- Priti Patel, Minister of State for Employment
- Daniel Hannan MEP’s book Why Vote Leave?
- Daniel Hannan MEP’s YouTube channel
- Douglas Carswell’s website
- Vote Leave statement on a points-based immigration system
Groups and statements in favour of Leave
- Bangladesh for Britain
- Better Off Out
- Business for Britain
- Business leaders backing Brexit (250 of them)
- Christians for Britain
- Economists for Brexit
- Farmers for Britain
- Get Britain Out
- Lawyers for Britain
- Muslims for Britain
- Out and Proud
- Students for Britain
- Vapers for Britain
- Veterans for Britain
- Women for Britain
You will notice that many of these have the same name formulation. This may be because they are official Vote Leave “outreach groups”. There is a list of all such groups on the Vote Leave website here.
The same website also lists further groups, including Economists for Britain and Historians for Britain, here. At present their Facebook pages are not functional.
A particularly popular campaign resource for Leave is Brexit the Movie.
I have yet to find equivalent websites to those listed in this section for Remain. If you know of a fact-checking organization that is pro-Brexit, I will be delighted to add it here.