Labour's advertisement to businesses in the Financial Times today warns that the biggest risk to British business is the threat of an EU exit. The risk? Over 3 million jobs "linked to trade with the European Union".
It's a familiar claim that often gets described as jobs 'dependent' on our membership with the EU—but the figures only estimate how many jobs are linked to EU trade, not how many are dependent on the UK being an EU member. Labour has been careful to say this.
These numbers come from re-running calculations that were first used in research more than ten years ago. According to one of the original papers:
"despite the large number of jobs now associated with the production of the goods and services that Britain currently sells to the EU, there is no reason to suppose that unemployment would rise significantly if the UK were to withdraw from the EU."
With Brexit fast approaching, reliable information is crucial.
If you’re here, you probably care about honesty. You’d like to see our politicians get their facts straight, back up what they say with evidence, and correct their mistakes. You know that reliable information matters.
There isn’t long to go until our scheduled departure from the EU and the House of Commons is divided. We need someone exactly like you to help us call out those who mislead the public—whatever their office, party, or stance on Brexit.
Will you take a stand for honesty in politics?