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Michael Heseltine has warned that the 2024 normal election marketing campaign “will be the most dishonest in modern times” due to the refusal of the principle events to debate the results of Brexit.

The former deputy prime minister, who fell out with the Conservatives over leaving the European Union, has written completely for The Independent explaining how the massive points on this normal election – the economic system, immigration and defence – all have to be debated within the context of the UK’s relationship with the EU.

But he claimed that Labour and the Tories are too scared to debate Brexit due to the potential affect on their voter bases.

It comes as Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer makes use of his first keynote speech of the election to focus the marketing campaign on himself personally in a presidential fashion push for victory.

But noting that Sir Keir and Rishi Sunak are avoiding discussing “the elephant in the room”, Lord Heseltine wrote: “Both major parties are afraid of losing votes to the hard right. Labour needs to rebuild its red wall while the Conservatives run scared of Reform.”

However, he argued that nearly no main difficulty may be mentioned regardless of the topic which has, in impact, dominated British politics for the reason that EU referendum in 2016 and arguably for the reason that Maastricht Treaty in 1992 which shattered John Major’s authorities.

Lord Heseltine has warned about Brexit and the general election
Lord Heseltine has warned about Brexit and the final election (PA )

Lord Heseltine’s case is supported by unique polling for The Independent by Redfield &Wilton which reveals that British voters hyperlink Brexit to 2 of the largest issues within the nation – the price of residing and immigration.

While the ballot confirmed that only one per cent suppose Brexit is an important difficulty, it additionally revealed that the highest difficulty is the economic system on 37 per cent, and the third difficulty immigration on 15 per cent; each are tied to leaving the EU.

The survey of 1,500 voters reveals that 60 per cent really feel worse off for the reason that Tories gained in 2019 and took the UK out of the EU in 2020. Despite higher prosperity being promised by Brexiteers, a mere 13 per cent really feel higher off.

The Conservatives have claimed that the rationale for the price of residing disaster and financial downturn was the Covid pandemic adopted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, inflicting a significant shock in worldwide provide chains and forcing up inflation.

However, the ballot’s findings on immigration could also be extra troubling for Rishi Sunak as he tries to win over voters, with a damning indictment on Brexit.

The survey confirmed that 39 per cent consider unlawful immigration is greater due to Brexit in comparison with 16 per cent decrease and 23 % comparable. On authorized immigration, 36 per cent consider Brexit has made it greater, 14 per cent decrease and 27 per cent comparable. Asked if it has turn into a much bigger difficulty due to Brexit, 38 per cent agreed it’s “more of an issue” whereas 13 per cent “less of an issue.”

This is regardless of the Vote Leave slogan of “take back control” aimed toward tightening Britain’s borders.

Lord Heseltine and others have identified that, being outdoors the EU, Britain has been unable to ship again migrants coming in small boats and thru different means.

Rishi Sunak was a Brexiteer in the 2016 referendum
Rishi Sunak was a Brexiteer within the 2016 referendum (AP)

On the broader piece, he mentioned that no difficulty may be taken with no critical rethink of the final eight years.

He mentioned: “The state of our economy, defence and environment, the need to level up our society, control immigration and restore Britain’s standing in the world. None of these issues can be honestly addressed in isolation from our relationship with Europe. Yet Europe is the no-go area.”

Highlighting immigration, which is seen as a top-three difficulty by pollsters within the marketing campaign, he questioned how there could possibly be a critical debate with out discussing Europe.

“Why cannot the two major parties debate immigration in the round? The boats contain just 5 per cent of those who might or might not be sent to Rwanda. They are a small part of the near 700,000 net immigration figure – the real elephant in the room.

“Until we consider the consequences for our farms, care homes, hospitals and universities of culling the numbers, all the talk of change, the constant assertion of ‘plans’ amount to little more than platitudes blowing in the wind. Whatever we decide to do, we need to work more closely with our European neighbours, who share our experiences.”

On defence, he warned that the doable impending election of Donald Trump within the US means Britain can now not depend on Nato for its safety wants, and is confronted with a extra isolationist coverage in Washington DC.

He requested: “What if the Republican Party reverts to its position in 1940 when it pressed President Roosevelt to promise not to enter the war? He kept that promise until Hitler declared war on America in 1941. Nightmare though that would be, is such a possibility being seriously addressed?”

British opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer does not want to talk about Brexit
British opposition Labour Party chief Keir Starmer doesn’t need to discuss Brexit (Reuters)

His answer: “We should be discussing a closer defence relationship with Europe. Platitudes don’t have much firepower.”

He argued that “the world is failing” and Britain “can do little alone” about famines and droughts pushing thousands and thousands of individuals across the globe from their properties or within the face of wars.

The peer added: “There is brave talk of turning a corner, of a plan working. How can we seriously believe we can significantly improve our economic situation after severing our connections with our largest and nearest? How do you build Silicon Valley here if, for years, you cut yourself off from European research and return to the table as a supplicant? Our companies must compete with American and Chinese companies technologically underpinned by huge defence and space budgets.”

He insisted that it’s crucial to show the final election debate again to Brexit, constructed on “the lies” advised by Brexiteers to get the Leave vote over the road.

“The Brexit case amounted to a viper’s nest of mantras. ‘We want our country back.’ ‘They need us more than we need them.’ ‘Bring back control’. ‘Get Brexit done.’

“Eight years have passed. Brexiteers have had their hands on the tiller all that time. We had the extraordinary spectacle of a minister for exiting the European Union (as mad as having a minister for common sense).”

And he questioned what Brexit has achieved: “Why is it so few new trade deals have been done? Why has there not been the promised bonfire of regulations? The answer is simple. There were no plans. It was a pack of lies.”