Anti-Brexit camp makes bizarre new claims about dire consequences of Brexit for turtles and orangutans

The latest dire warning about the consequences of Brexit from advocates of the pro-EU campaign known informally as Project Fear is that it will lead to the deaths of orangutans and sea turtles

by the commentator on 19 January 2019 16:54

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The end of the great British sandwich; excrement piling up on the beaches; medicine shortages at hospitals; and the general collapse of the British economy. From the opponents of Britain's exit from the European Union, we've heard it all. Or so we thought.

The latest dire warning about the consequences of Brexit from advocates of the pro-EU campaign known informally as Project Fear is that it will lead to the deaths of orangutans and sea turtles.

The Daily Express said the bizarre claims were part of a propaganda assault ahead of the so-called meaningful vote in parliament last week in which anti-Brexit groups spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on ads on Facebook.

The Express quoted pro-EU group Best for Britain as saying in the ads: “Every day, 25 orangutans are killed by palm oil deforestation... The EU has taken steps to introduce a ban on palm oil -but post-Brexit, our Government plans to reverse it, in return for corporate trade deals.” 

But the substance of the ads appears to be entirely false. The Express went on to quote Environment Secretary Michael Gove as saying:

“It’s not true that the EU is planning to ban palm oil, in fact the UK already goes further than the EU... This is the same scaremongering from the same people who didn’t want us to leave the EU in the first place."

Prior to the 2016 referendum -- which the Brexit camp won by a margin of approximately 52-48 -- leading lights in the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union made a whole array of extrardinary claims about the allegedly devastating consequences for Britain of leaving the EU.

Among the most egregious were the predictions that Britain would fall into recession in the months following the Brexit vote, and that unemployment would skyrocket.

As it turned out, there was no recession, and unemployment fell to lows unseen in recent British history.

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