Jane Collins writes to George Osborne about the Treasury report

Published Apr 25, 2016

JaneCollinsdesk.pngUKIP Employment Spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP has written to the Chancellor regarding a number of anomalies in the much publicised Brexit report by the Treasury. Mrs Collins pointed out to Mr Osborne that his points made about a decline in wages was diametrically opposed to the evidence given to the Treasury Select Committee by 'Stronger In' chairman Lord Rose.

"I read with interest your comments yesterday regarding the doom laden predictions from the latest tax payer funded ‘research’ for Project Fear, and I have a couple of questions to ask you,' she wrote.

"Firstly, you said that wages will fall if we leave the EU. However, when addressing the Treasury Select Committee back in March the Chairman of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, Lord Rose, told MPs that wages would, in fact, rise. This was in relation to Britain being able to finally control immigration from the EU should we become an independent country whereas without this we will will face 3.3 million more migrants from the EU by your own predictions, surpassing wages but pushing up the costs for social security as companies expect the tax payer to subsidise the minimum wage with tax credits and housing.

"Which one of you is right? The chairman of your campaign or your report? They cannot both be because they are diametrically opposed."

Mrs Collins also asked Mr Osborne to confirm what he meant about steel workers and people who made cars suffering if we left the EU.

"As employment spokeswoman for my party - the largest from the UK in the European Parliament - I have taken a keen interest in monitoring statements by companies who have said they will remain in the EU post Brexit, even if they are in favour of membership. These largely include car manufacturers such as Aston Martin, GM Vauxhall, Hitachi, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Rolls-Royce and Toyota. Which car manufacturers were you referring to?"

The Yorkshire MEP said she would be 'very happy' to provide the Chancellor with a list of companies and statements and you can read the whole letter here.

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