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EU referendum: Pubs boss dismisses warnings

By Jack Maidment

Published 23/06/2016

Tim Martin, the Northern Ireland founder of JD Wetherspoon and Leave campaign backer, has dismissed the warnings of prominent economists who have urged the UK to reject Brexit.

During a debate on the economy last night, he said: "The fact is that the economists who are now predicting our Armageddon didn't predict the last Armageddon."

TV chef Delia Smith branded the pro-Brexit poster unveiled by Nigel Farage as "anti-human" in the final live EU referendum debate before polls open.

Ms Smith, who was wearing a T-shirt with the slogan "let's be havin' EU", was in the audience of the debate and she was asked by host Jeremy Paxman what she thought about the tone of the referendum campaign.

She said: "It's got darker and darker as time has gone on and I really think its darkest moment was when we saw the poster.

"When I looked at the poster and saw the caption I didn't think it was just offensive, I thought it was anti-human."

Labour's Yvette Cooper, who was part of the first discussion panel with former Tory MP Louise Mensch, former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe and rapper Akala, joined in the attack on the poster.

She said: "What the Leave campaign have done is push lies and also pit human beings against other human beings. That is what is wrong, immoral and just not British."

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