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Remain supporting media joins UKIP in spreading fear over migrants

by | 26th, June 2016

Having warned against a vote for Leave in the EU Referendum, the Mirror titles are in a dither. Do they: a) ignore the whole thing; b) try to beat UK leader Nigel Farage at his own game by whipping up fears over immigration, and in so doing connect with the paper’s readership whose vote for Labour was once a given?

The Sunday Mirror just goes with a):

Sunday Mirror BRexit Wales

 

The Sunday People opts for b):
500000

 

Congratulations to Wales, which voted out of the EU and stayed in the Euros (source for joke: all papers). But what about those half a million desperate “migrants”? Well, the People seems unsure who they are: are they migrants or EU workers? And what of the number? A clue to how speculative it is comes in a further headline:

Brexit to cause immigration surge as 500,000 East Europeans ‘will rush in before borders close’

The inverted commas means it’s untrue. Fact is now opinion. Whose opinion becomes clear and no, it’s not the Daily Express leader writer’s:

The warning was issued by former minister Phil Woolas who said ‘those who wanted to halt immigration will, perversely, cause the opposite’

Woolas is a former Labour MP. He says:

“Every time the UK Government announces a cap on immigration, thousands rush in before the deadline. Would-be immigrants see that the door is about to slam. So they bring forward their plans and a last-minute rush heads for the UK. In the Home Office, they call it the fire sale.”

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