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Prof Tanja Bueltmann @cliodiaspora
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Here is what Andrea Jenkyns, the @Conservatives MP who accused @The3Million campaigners of fear-mongering and blocked me after I asked questions about her position, has to say about the #Brexit #WhitePaper. I am lost for words: there is nothing about this in the White Paper! 1/
So that tweet is a big fat lie. But of course here’s the thing: even if something about claiming benefits was in the White Paper, EU citizens who come to the UK to work and live of course *are* British taxpayers (and contribute in so many other ways). 2/
Obviously I cannot challenge Jenkyns directly because she has blocked me. But perhaps she does read this:
Your tweet is shameful beyond measure and low even by your standards: you must know this is false and yet there you are, blowing the dog whistle with a lie. 3/
For pro-EU campaigners this should serve as another warning: Brexiters continue to operate using *exactly* the same dog whistle tactics in relation to EU citizens / immigrants as in 2016. The same lies. Two years have been wasted by failing to change views to counter that. 4/
Instead, many have pandered to Leave lies. That failure will backfire and that is a tragedy. Change tactics: facilitate a progressive debate about FoM now! Give us a platform to be part of that! Otherwise lieslike the one spun by Jenkyns will win the day again. 5/5
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