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Remain IN EU - state of the campaign

February 14, 2016 11:22 AM
By Antony Hook in Lib Dem Voice

Antony HookPart 2 of Antony Hook's weekly round-up.

How you win or lose EU referenda: keep big business at arm's length

An interesting article in the Telegraph discusses, among other things, Ece Atikan's new book that examines a number of EU related referenda. He found that:

  • Pro-EU sides (usually the side the government wants to win) often start with a lead that is too easily squandered.
  • Pro-EU sides lose if they are too closely associated with big business (e.g Volvo in Sweden's referendum on the Euro)
  • Anti-EU campaigns tend to only succeed if they have a figurehead to rally around.

In-fighting between Outers

The BBC has summarised the contestants to become official IN and OUT campaigns, how they will be designated and the consequences.

There appears to be more intense rivalry between different OUT campaigns than on our side. There is an interesting debate to be had about whether inernal competition makes a cause stronger or weaker overall.

The Telegraph suggests that the PM may try to play the different OUT campaigns off against each other.

TV debates

Digby Jones is calling for three TV debate for the referendum reports the Telegraph.

Corbyn cave-IN

The Express is very cross that Jeremy Corbyn has been persuaded to support IN.