Project Fear’s ‘absurd’ warnings have been shattered by a new report.
BREXIT skeptics who predicted mass unemployment when Britain left the European Union have been proven incorrect, according to a new analysis, with well over one million more people employed in 2020 than there were five years ago.
Facts4EU, a pro-Brexit research group, used statistics from the Office for National Statistics to show that the number of people in work was 1,326,325 greater last year than it was in June 2016, the month of the referendum. Prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, the figure was over 33 million in February 2020.
In addition, the average wage package climbed by £186 per month, or 11.3 percent, from £1,652 per month in 2016 to £1,838 per month in February of last year.
COVID-19 had no significant impact on the situation, according to Facts4EU.
While employment had declined from pre-pandemic levels between June 2016 and June 2021, it was still up by 529,341 compared to before the Referendum.
In comparison to five years ago, average monthly wages have increased by £315 per month (19.1%).
“Just over five years ago, millions of British workers gritted their teeth and voted to leave the European Union,” said Leigh Evans, head of Facts4EU.
“They did so despite official predictions from then-Chancellor George Osborne, a pro-EU Remainer, and his pro-Remain Treasury Department that over half a million of them would lose their jobs almost immediately if they voted Leave.”
“This war was – and continues to be – about freedom,” he continued.
“In 2016, the state-backed Remain campaign concluded that scaring the living daylights out of people was the best way to ensure a Remain victory in the EU Referendum.
“They focused on economic reasons, producing official government estimates (as well as forecasts from every international agency they could persuade) that showed significant job losses, economic suffering, and a variety of other things.”
Mr Evans indicated that without the “fear factor” produced by the Government and others, the margin of victory – 52 percent to 48 percent – would have been closer to 60-40.
“As it was, the Remain campaign failed to appreciate that for a large number of people, the primary issue was sovereignty and ability,” Mr Evans added.