EU 'spreading Soviet-style propaganda and disinformation' to undermine UK Brexit support

Posted on Oct 15 2017 - 6:56pm by admin

EU officials are spreading propaganda to stoke up opposition to Brexit in the UK, two former cabinet members say.

The claims come after the Commission’s chief spokesman accused the UK of creating a gap in last week’s talks by being unavailable on Wednesday.

UK sources said the claim is “completely wrong” and that talks took place on Wednesday.

Former Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson said: “This looks like a Soviet-style disinformation campaign designed to weaken Britain’s resolve.

“The claims they are making are without merit and designed to whip up the opponents of Brexit in the UK.”

Former Single Market Minister under Margaret Thatcher, John Redwood said in the Telegraph: “They wrongly think they can manipulate British public opinion.

“They still haven’t learned from the referendum that those outside bodies who intervened actually made it easier for the Leave campaign

“I negotiated a lot in the Council of Ministers when I was single market minister for quite a long time. I remember it well.

“They are putting out a lot of disinformation that any suggestion of No Deal is extremely damaging and will mean they won’t talk to us. I think it shows they are scared stiff of it.

“There was always a bullying tendency. But when I on behalf of the UK Government stood up to the bullying it went away. But you have to stand up to it.”

This is similar to an episode during this year’s election in which Theresa May accused EU figures of trying to interfere in the poll to “run over us” in Brexit talks.

The PM accused European politicians of plotting to “deliberately affect” the result by issuing “threats” against Britain.

Her accusation came after an account in a German newspaper about a meeting between Mrs May and Commission President Jean Claude Juncker.

Juncker is reported to have said “I leave Downing Street 10 times more sceptical than I was before”, but this is denied by Downing Street.

The Commission President said that the leak of their discussion during a Downing Street dinner was a “serious mistake” but insists he is not responsible.

Two weeks ago a senior EU official said that the Commission “pretty much dictated” the key sections of Theresa May’s Florence speech in which she agreed to pay a divorce bill.

But this is again dismissed by the Government as “nonsense”.

In September the Commission published official minutes which included an attack on Brexit negotiator David Davis by Juncker.

When asked about the Tory MP’s clams, a spokesman for the Commission said: “They have an opinion and they are saying it. We can’t comment on that.”

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