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Brexit The Movie Unmasks EU As A Dying Protectionist Block

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Guy Bentley Research Associate, Reason Foundation

Brexit the Movie has clocked up almost half million views on YouTube and counting since May 12. The documentary, which enjoyed a red carpet premiere in London May 11, makes the case for Britain leaving the European Union (EU).

Britain is in the midst of a furious debate about whether to remain or leave the EU, with a vote due to take place June 23. (RELATED: What is Brexit? Everything You Need To Know About Britain’s EU Referendum)

The documentary film which was funded via Kickstarter exposes the waste, bureaucracy and anti-free market mentality of the EU.

“BREXIT THE MOVIE spells out the danger of staying part of the EU. Is it safe to give a remote government beyond our control the power to make laws? Is it safe to tie ourselves to countries which are close to financial ruin, drifting towards scary political extremism, and suffering long-term, self-inflicted economic decline?” Asks the film’s makers on YouTube.

The film stars UKIP leader Nigel Farage, former Chancellor of the UK exchequer Nigel Lawson and an array of pro-Brexit economists and journalists. The film argues the EU is anti-democratic and makes Britain poorer through protectionist and anti-capitalist policies.

The film’s director Martin Durkin points out there are 10,000 EU officials who are paid more than British Prime Minister David Cameron and that the UK’s fishing industry has been devastated since it joined the EU’s predecessor – the European Economic Community  – in 1973.

But the pro-Brexiteers have a lot of work to do to convince the British of their point of view before June 23. According to Bloomberg’s Brexit Poll Tracker, the chances of the UK exiting the EU stand at just 19 percent.

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