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Ugly xenophobia of Brexit campaigners

PRESIDENT Obama's intervention in the UK referendum in favour of Remain may have been audacious and controversial, but the reaction of the Brexiteers was revealing.

Their absurd response that "he wouldn't dream of opening the US border to free movement from Mexico" exposed the latent xenophobia that drives the Leave campaign.

Immigration is Brexit's Project Fear. The Vote Leave website starts by warning more than "two million EU migrants" are waiting to take Britain by storm.

We pulled out of the last recession so fast because so many EU migrants were here to work. The Brexit appeal to an instinctive hostility to foreigners defines an ugly movement.


St Andrews

Belfast Telegraph


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