Tackling the Open Europe ‘in’ campaign

It’s nice to see the good folk at Open Europe being challenged by readers in the comments section over on their blog about their repeat of the plainly deceitful claims that the UK would have to follow all the rules of the EU while having no say, if we left the EU and joined EFTA; and that by staying inside the EU the UK has ‘influence’.

Open Europe takes its lead from Rodney Leach, also known as the Tory peer, Baron Leach of Fairford. Leach, like all Tory europlastics, claims to be eurosceptic yet advocates and campaigns for the UK to remain firmly inside the EU – which is in no way eurosceptic. The doublespeak is deliberate as it always has been, as the Tories say one thing while doing the exact opposite. Thanks to his marshalling of Open Europe the group is nothing less than a deliberately misleading false flag operation.

Despite this the press still refers to the group and its current Director, Mats Persson, as eurosceptic and quotes its comments as being eurosceptic – which causes confusion among voters who believe (rightly) the term means wanting the UK out of the EU, not staying part of it and trying to ‘reform’ it. After all, what kind of eurosceptic claims the UK’s options outside the EU are limited and all of them harmful?

To successfully campaign for UK withdrawal from the EU it is necessary to take every opportunity to show up the Open Europe position for what it is and to reclaim the definition of eurosceptic, so its meaning cannot be corrupted by europhiles determined to drag the UK ever deeper into Brussels’ control.

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4 Responses to “Tackling the Open Europe ‘in’ campaign”


  1. 1 Andy Baxter 03/01/2013 at 3:47 pm

    I tried to make a long comment but it was too long WfW has kindly published my response to the OE blog post you refer to.

    http://witteringsfromwitney.com/open-europe-bites-off-more-than-it-can-chew/

  2. 2 Ian Hills 03/01/2013 at 6:35 pm

    I posted to Open Europe but the moderator didn’t like it. It was only about ex-science minister and OE member David Sainsbury getting the EU to approve of GM food…

  3. 3 cosmic 03/01/2013 at 8:41 pm

    Eurosceptic is a loose term encompassing anything from a vague feeling that things have gone too far and we don’t fight our corner in ‘Europe’ effectively, to the OE/Conservative vague renegotiation cant, to outright withdrawal.

    Eurowithdrawalist is a better term for someone who wants the UK not to be a member of the EU.

    I suppose that ‘eurosceptic’ is one of those political words like ‘liberal’ the meaning of which has shifted and which we are saddled with.

  4. 4 Richard North 04/01/2013 at 5:11 am

    I am warming to the term “outer”.


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