The EU and the Ghost in the Machine

How Brexiteers constructed an EU bogeyman from thin air.

The use of the EU as a bogeyman in British politics is no new phenomenon. In 2003 — when the EU was in its infancy — the Daily Express warned that the EU wanted to ‘ban playtime’ under new safety regulations. The story was false, of course, on many levels as the guidelines which apparently threatened playgrounds were optional, not overly-strict…