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Sir Ian Botham backs Brexit slamming European Union as a ‘corrupt racket’

Sir Beefy is on the front foot, going to bat for the leave campaign and aiming to knock the EU for six


Getty    Sir Ian Botham poses for a picture as he celebrates the end of his South African walk with Kumala Wines at Hout Bay Sir Beefy says the amount of money Britain pays the EU is “staggering”


 

Sir Ian Botham has gone to bat for Brexit today, slamming the European Union as “corrupt” and a “racket”.

Beefy says it’s “insane” that Britain doesn’t have the freedom to to reach agreements to trade freely with natural allies in the Commonwealth.

And he said the £350m a week Britain pays the Union in membership fees “staggering”.

He used a cricket metaphor to back up his argument.

Writing in the Sunday Times he said: “Cricket is a game where you achieve the greatest success when you are confident in your own ability to go out and stand proud. Britain has that spirit”

Philip Brown via GettyHe says Britain, like every good cricketer, has the spirit to stand proud on its own
It comes after Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb warned quitting the EU would cause an “economic rupture” with “disastrous consequences for families.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Crabb warned of the “self-harm” that a vote to leave would cause.

Read more: Boris Johnson calls David Cameron’s Remain supporters the Gerald Ratners of politics

“Lost jobs and livelihoods take an enormous, indelible toll on families and communities,” he said. “No-one should be complacent about the potential consequences for working people and their families if Britain votes to exit the EU. This is not a theoretical debate.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sir-ian-botham-backs-brexit-7772759

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