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Brexit debate escalates: Remains warn of a fiscal “black hole”; Vote Leave slams “hysterical prophecies”

Wednesday, June 15th 2016 - 07:54 UTC
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UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne says he will have to slash public spending and increase taxes in an emergency Budget to tackle a £30bn “black hole” if the UK votes to leave the European Union. The chancellor will say this could include raising income and inheritance taxes and cutting the NHS budget. Read full article


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  • Skip

    It would seem Brexit might actually cause the universe to end.

    After all it has already been associated with the end of western civilisation, an increase in global warming, pollution and -insert next extreme claim here-.

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 08:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brucey-babe

    Skip @ 1
    Don't forget WWIII. !

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 09:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    It's great watching the Camoran 'management team' running around like headless chickens.

    57 Tory MP's and the Labour Party have stated they will vote against this juvenile attempt to frighten remain voters from voting.

    I hope he tries it: it will definitely be the end of this twats aspiration to become PM.

    VOTE LEAVE! (apart from 'Voice and 'Don't confuse me with the facts, I can make my own mind up' ElaineB).

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 10:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    The architects of monetary union freely admit that the Euro couldn't work without political and fiscal union and introduced it as a stalking horse to force future integration they couldn't achieve at the time. The plan was always that there'd be an economic crisis creating an opportunity to push for further federalism.

    That crisis came years ago and has led to the chaos in Greece and others. The gambit hasn't worked. Forcing closer union would still be politically unacceptable and so it seems would abandoning the Euro. They are choosing to stick with the worst of all worlds in the hope that another opportunity may arise.

    It is the Euro that has destroyed the European Union and Britain wanting to leave the EU is just the sort of political shock it needs. The EU can only ever react to shocks.

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 12:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @3 Time for your meds, piss-dribbling old fool.

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 12:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • bushpilot

    It is the EU itself that seems to be the “blackhole” to me.

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 12:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • owl61
    p.s. @#5...Why not send a pvt email rather than pollute this website with your infantile name-calling which adds nothing to the debate.

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 03:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    It would be very interesting if the EU audited their accounts, after all these years I am surprised that no-one has bothered to insist on an audit. Apart from all the expenses that the EU politicians get 250 euros for just turning up and meal allowances etc, , where id the rest being spent?

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 03:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @7 If the piss-dribbling old pervert will stop stalking me online I will happily agree. Unfortunately his dementia is advanced and his obsession with me is out of control. Standing up to him is my only course of action. Until he is sectioned I suggest you skim over my posts.

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 03:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 9 'Don't confuse me with the facts, I've made my own mind up' ElaineB

    I have just taken, and passed, my UYU Class A Full License which included:
    Defensive driving (en Espanol) 2 hour lecture;
    FULL medical examination including psychiatric assessment because of my age (I am now 70), which I passed without comment;
    Theoretical exam, passed first time (en Espanol), 93% mark. The intendencia staff tell me the locals NEVER pass first time and many take THREE attempts before passing. If you fail four you are prohibited by law from holding ANY driving license:
    PASSED the practical road exam first time with no defaults at all.

    Now please explain to me how you can make your ludicrous claims?

    How is it that you claim you 'stand up to me', why bother if your claims have ANY basis in fact: oh, oh, I see the weakness in my question here: you have NO basis in fact but have made your mind up anyway!

    You must be SO proud of yourself.

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 05:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @10 Still obsessing about me? What is your problem? Why is my approval of you so very important to you? Why do you get so nasty when I don't agree with you? Why do you address so many of your posts to me - even in threads where I have not posted? Why so desperate?

    You claim a lot of thing in your self-aggrandising manner. You have no proof and I don't believe you.

    Your obsession with me is creepy. Seek help. Your behaviour is not normal.

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 06:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • McGregor

    £30 Billion black hole - What is the projected cost of HS2 - £50 Billion ?

    So we can afford to spend £50 Billion knocking 20 minutes off of the journey time between London & Birmingham, but we need to cut the NHS & raise taxes galore if we don't vote the way Dave & George wish.

    The British have a fine tradition involving two fingers in these circumstances - I sincerely hope we give Dave & George our tradditional response .................and they can be the first two out of work on the 24th !

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 06:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @12 McGregor


    The remain campaign and running around screaming that the 'sky is falling'. Only people aren't stupid and they can plainly see that the sky isn't falling.

    I wonder just how much in backhanders or promises of future lucrative, well paid jobs, these politicians are getting?

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 07:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 11 ElaineB

    You are beyond reasoning with and as for not believing me, who on this planet do you believe, except your own little mind?

    So YOU have won, YOU have beaten me. There, I bet you are wetting yourself knowing 'you have stood up to me'.

    Look up the symptoms of the menopause and have a think about them and how erratic you have become. Those women and men (who have lived with the fallout) will know what I am on about from their own experiences.

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 09:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @14 There you go again you creepy man. Obsessed. What kind of pervert would spend so much time pondering such a subject. It is NOT NORMAL. Only a sexist moron would ascribe a contrary opinion from a woman to hormones.

    I don't agree with you because you hold dangerous and infantile views on gun ownership.
    I don't agree with the stupid nicknames to use - and are weirdly proud of.
    I don't like the derogatory language you use about ALL women.
    I don't agree with your bullying and bombastic attitude if anyone disagrees with you.
    I don't like how you attack people's religious beliefs.

    You are a thoroughly nasty and prejudiced man with an abnormal obsession with me. It has nothing to do with hormones but your revolting behaviour.

    Jun 15th, 2016 - 09:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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