EU Referendum

EU referendum: Both sides criticised for 'scaremongering'

The panel
Image caption The BBC Look North EU debate was held in the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford

Ex-MP Matthew Parris says there has been "scaremongering" by both sides ahead of the referendum.

He said he was "uncomfortable" with Leave supporters conjuring up "millions of Turks coming here" and with the Remain side inventing "a nightmare of things being cut".

He was speaking during an EU debate, filmed in Bradford and aired on Sunday.

The panel included Labour MP Caroline Flint for Remain and Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns for Leave.

Following the prime minister warning Brexit could cause a "black hole" in the public finances, Mr Parris said: "All David Cameron can say is that if our economy takes a big knock, then nothing is secure."

The debate tackled topics including agriculture, immigration and the economy.

Ms Flint, Don Valley MP, said: "If we get the economic shock of coming out of the EU, then governments are going to have to make some tough choices about how they pay for pensions in the future as well as other parts of the economy if we go back into recession."

Image caption Half the panel was supporting Remain, while the other half was pushing Leave

Ms Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood, argued: "We wouldn't have had to have such strong austerity measures if we weren't sending so much money over to the EU, so we can invest the money ourselves into our own country."

The Panel

Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley

Matthew Parris, journalist and former Derbyshire MP

Farnaz Khan, entrepreneur from Bradford

Alan Halsall - Skipton businessman

Andrea Jenkyns, Conservative MP for Morley and Outwood

Kashif Hussain, political blogger

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A referendum on 23 June will decide whether Britain should leave or remain.

  • Better In or Out? A BBC Look North Referendum Special will be shown at 22:35 on BBC One in North, South and West Yorkshire.

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