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Mark Gilbert

Osborne's EU Scaremongering Is a Dangerous Tactic

The U.K. chancellor should have learned from the Scottish referendum that frightening voters doesn't work.
A man without a plan.

A man without a plan.

Photographer: Simon Dawson

When Scots nearly voted to leave the United Kingdom in a September 2014 referendum, they sent a powerful message to those in favor of maintaining existing political and economic blocs in Europe: You can’t scare voters into line. Sadly, the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union still favors intimidation over persuasion, a tactic that may backfire badly when the polls open on June 23.

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