23 million households are set this week to receive a letter from British entrepreneur Peter Hargreaves urging them to back Brexit in the forthcoming referendum on our membership of the European Union (EU). The letter, distributed by Leave.EU, is thought to be the biggest anti-EU mailshot in 20 years.
Asking readers to “listen to real people and entrepreneurs who create wealth, not heads of big institutions whose cushy lives will be disrupted by change,” Mr. Hargreaves warns that much of the ‘stay’ campaign’s scaremongering is by “interests who benefit from remaining.”
He goes on to point out that “many so–called ‘independent organisations’ accept payment from Brussels.”
Mr. Hargreaves dispels one of the most frequent talking points of the ‘remain’ campaign and asks readers to consider how the EU affects them personally:
“A spurious argument suggests the loss of jobs; this is ludicrous. We buy more from the EU than they buy from us. It would be financial suicide for them to impose trade barriers.
“Ask yourself, does the EU benefit you or make your life evermore complicated? It certainly adds a huge amount to your grocery bill.”
Mr. Hargreaves writes that, on Twitter, he has been issuing a reason to leave the EU daily (@PkhPeter), rounding off the letter with ten reasons to support Brexit and an invitation to “become part of the family” of people supporting the Leave.EU campaign.
Referendum: we need facts not pontification by politicians and academics. During the next 3 months I intend to produce them by daily tweets.
— Peter Hargreaves (@PkhPeter) March 21, 2016
Andy Wigmore, Head of Communications at Leave.EU said:
“Peter Hargreaves, who founded a brokerage worth billions of pounds in a spare bedroom in Bristol, is a true entrepreneur.
“We distributed his appeal for voters to embrace the once in a lifetime opportunity which Brexit represents to twenty-three million households today, and we think it’s going to carry a lot more weight with the public than the timid scare stories being peddled by the bland corporate managers and clapped out politicians lining up behind the In campaign.”
As the only campaign so far to have delivered pro-Brexit literature on a countrywide scale, co-chairman Arron Banks hopes Mr. Hargreaves’ letter will guarantee Leave.EU designation as the referendum’s official ‘out’ campaign.
Breitbart London reported last week on Mr Hargreaves’ appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme where, speaking in a personal capacity, he compared Brexit to Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in 1965, saying:
“When Singapore became independent from Malaysia, that little insecurity that they were no longer part of Malaysia, it was an inspiration. I honestly think that would be good for us too.”