Published: 17 June 2016

WATCH: “Dishonesty on an industrial scale” EU law expert analyses referendum debate

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One of the UK’s leading EU law experts criticizes the referendum debate’s “dishonesty on an industrial scale”, as he considers the claims and counter claims from each side.

University of Liverpool Law School’s Professor Michael Dougan has spent his career studying EU law as it relates to the UK; contributing to Parliamentary Select Committees, advising government and now helping media fact check the barrage of assertions emanating from the Remain and Leave camps, in the run up to June 23.

Here, Professor Dougan analyses the substance of each viewpoint and delivers an informed assessment of the UK’s potential future position, both as a member of the EU and in the wake of a vote to leave.

Disclosure statement:

Professor Dougan is an employee of the University of Liverpool. He does not work for, undertake paid consultancy for, or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article/post.

To view the video transcript, please visit: https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2016/06/22/transcript-professor-michael-dougan-eu-referendum/.

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6 thoughts on “WATCH: “Dishonesty on an industrial scale” EU law expert analyses referendum debate

  1. Drod Tunstall

    How come all these ‘experts’ did not warn us in 2006 of the impending global economic collapse?
    Some of us grown-ups don’t have the weakness short term memories.

    It would be interesting to know what Prof Dougan was advocating in 2006.

  2. Appleberry

    Not Biased ? well,your certainly doing a good job for the government,unelected judges and bureucrats in brussels not making up our laws but the 28 states do ? who voted these other 27 states in to run our business and tell us what to do ? i didnt ? can we veto them ? of course we cant and never will while we remain in there club,so the courts implement the wishes of the 28 states then,so they do run our business and our country so don’t talk rubbish,you bored me after that mis-demeanour so quite clearly the rest was going to be biased,honestly,what other dirty tricks are the remain camp going to come up with as we get close,i was optimistic as i started to watch this but very quickly became suspicious of this guy,think you just convinced me to vote OUT !!

  3. D.C Tunstall

    I voted with great enthusiasm as an undergraduate to remain in europe back in 75. The key reason then was to be friends with our neighbours. It is still one of the good reasons to vote remain. One of the bad reasons to remain now is to take too much notice of economic and legal ‘experts’.
    Why? Because they are the ones who got things wrong in the run up to the global economic collapse of 2007-8. These so called Gurus were nowhere to be heard in 2006.
    While I faired quite well out of recession many others did not. My advise is to consider the benefits and negatives between less layers of government or more layers of government.
    Forget what experts say after all the whole thing is just a social arrangement. Britain will be just fine either way.

  4. D Bennett

    “One of the bad reasons to remain now is to take too much notice of economic and legal ‘experts’.” – with us being complex a multi institutional society, it is naive to think that any sort of vote can get rid of the economic and legal experts. Anyone who thinking otherwise is welcome to open an undergraduate economics or law textbook and score full marks on some questions from page 1000.

    “Because they are the ones who got things wrong in the run up to the global economic collapse of 2007-8. “- doctors can be wrong with their prognosis about an epidemic or some particular illness, its not a reason to get rid of doctors outright. You only need to replace them with people who do manage to treat the epidemic better. Many of the 2007-8 politicians and their economics and law advisers have been replaced following the crisis. It is clear that UK economy has not followed a downward trend since the 2008 crisis – thanks to the current experts. Why would anyone want to gamble with that recovery and put in cheap populists in place of highly educated experts?

    Just like I would listen to a qualified doctor for an advice on some health issues, I would also prefer to listen to professor who specialises in EU legislation and single market – many thanks to prof Dougan.

    The only question that I wish he addressed to make his point a bit clearer is in which way Single Market better than a WTO treaty.

  5. D.C Tunstall

    The experts driving economic recovery are those who create products and services the world wants to buy. I maintain the best reason to vote remain is to stay friends with and support our neighbours no matter how naive the intellectual establishment may consider this view.
    For the record Medics tend to get sued if they kill someone in error.
    Most of the economic gurus who contributed toward the economic crash in 07/08 did not.
    Hence the public distrust of bankers and economists.

  6. D Bennett

    Are you changing your opinion now? We have just lost our AAA credit rating (meaning loosing billions of pounds more in interest payments), having 15% wiped out from FTSE250 (which contains British domestic companies) and with the pound down to 30 year low against the dollar. Bank of England has already promised a £250 billion rescue package. All just a few days after the country decided to disregard the experts.
    How are we having this conversation on a Russel Group university page is beyond me…

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