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[1975] Labour
[1975] Labour's Peter Shore on Project Fear - "The message that comes out is fear, fear, fear"
Published: 2016/06/19
Channel: Master Brew
Brexit is no issue! Project Fear SHATTERS as China snubs claims UK
Brexit is no issue! Project Fear SHATTERS as China snubs claims UK's EU exit bad for trade
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: BuzzyNews UK
BREAKING - Not going anywhere! Swedish bank snubs Project Fear and commits to STAY in Brexit Britain
BREAKING - Not going anywhere! Swedish bank snubs Project Fear and commits to STAY in Brexit Britain
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: News 2U
Brexit rhetoric and the consequences of Project Fear - The Listening Post (Lead)
Brexit rhetoric and the consequences of Project Fear - The Listening Post (Lead)
Published: 2016/07/04
Channel: Al Jazeera English
BREAKING - ‘It’s ridiculous’ Michelle Dewberry DESTROYS Brexit Project fear in fiery TV tirade
BREAKING - ‘It’s ridiculous’ Michelle Dewberry DESTROYS Brexit Project fear in fiery TV tirade
Published: 2017/08/29
Channel: News 2U
UK BREAKING - Project Fear MOCKED: May unveils frictionless Irish border plans for after Brexit
UK BREAKING - Project Fear MOCKED: May unveils frictionless Irish border plans for after Brexit
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: News 2U
Nigel Farage Asks is Project Fear Back?
Nigel Farage Asks is Project Fear Back?
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Believe In Brexit Britain
“Project Fear” Is Back And Nigel Farage Is Absolutely Seething
“Project Fear” Is Back And Nigel Farage Is Absolutely Seething
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: gemini48
Project Fear MOCKED: May unveils frictionless Irish border plans for after Brexit
Project Fear MOCKED: May unveils frictionless Irish border plans for after Brexit
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: BuzzyNews UK
BREAKING -
BREAKING - 'Project Fear is WRONG' Fuming economist fires at Oxford academic in HUGE row over Brexit
Published: 2017/07/25
Channel: News 2U
Project Fear (British politics)
Project Fear (British politics)
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: WikiWikiup
Project FEAR Fails As Britain
Project FEAR Fails As Britain's Inflation Starts To Fall After BREXIT
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: Patriotic Populist
'Nothing will change' Brexit Project Fear DESTROYED in ONE phrase by European bank chief
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: BuzzyNews UK
Brexit 1975 MP Peter Shore attacks Project Fear
Brexit 1975 MP Peter Shore attacks Project Fear
Published: 2016/06/21
Channel: Richard Carey
Project Fear
Project Fear
Published: 2015/03/30
Channel: Mountain Equipment
A Message to the Remoaners "Project Fear Failed"
A Message to the Remoaners "Project Fear Failed"
Published: 2016/12/27
Channel: Believe In Brexit Britain
Project fear to project reality – Prof Michael Dougan one year on from EU referendum
Project fear to project reality – Prof Michael Dougan one year on from EU referendum
Published: 2017/08/01
Channel: EU Law At Liverpool
No future for Brexit Britain? Project Fear dashed as cheap pound attracts THOUSANDS to UK - ENH News
No future for Brexit Britain? Project Fear dashed as cheap pound attracts THOUSANDS to UK - ENH News
Published: 2017/08/26
Channel: English News Hub
I told you so! EU law expert makes shock Brexit claim Project Fear now
I told you so! EU law expert makes shock Brexit claim Project Fear now 'Project Reality'
Published: 2017/08/01
Channel: BuzzyNews UK
Project Fear all over again! Brexiteer tycoon SLAMS Carney
Project Fear all over again! Brexiteer tycoon SLAMS Carney's prediction of Brexit effect
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: BuzzyNews UK
'Project Fear is back!' Seething Farage launches savage attack on BBC's 'anti-Brexit bias'
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: BuzzyNews UK
Devil at Home? ‘Project Fear’ pins UK troubles on Brexit
Devil at Home? ‘Project Fear’ pins UK troubles on Brexit
Published: 2016/07/01
Channel: RT
No future for Brexit Britain? Project Fear dashed as cheap pound attracts THOUSANDS to UK
No future for Brexit Britain? Project Fear dashed as cheap pound attracts THOUSANDS to UK
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: 00Fast News
David Cameron
David Cameron's Project Fear Trashed
Published: 2016/06/02
Channel: Chris Guido
Vote No Borders, the UK Treasury and Project Fear: #IndyRef Weekly Review #1
Vote No Borders, the UK Treasury and Project Fear: #IndyRef Weekly Review #1
Published: 2014/06/02
Channel: Left Scotland
Project fear: May
Project fear: May 'hid terror study claiming UK could be MORE open to attacks post-Brexit'
Published: 2017/08/23
Channel: 00Fast News
Project Fear EXPOSED: Clegg mocked by economist over 3 million jobs threat
Project Fear EXPOSED: Clegg mocked by economist over 3 million jobs threat
Published: 2017/08/22
Channel: BuzzyNews UK
Project Fear vs Project Fear as Referendum to close to call, Nina Schick, NOS
Project Fear vs Project Fear as Referendum to close to call, Nina Schick, NOS
Published: 2016/06/03
Channel: Open Europe
"Cameron, bugger off with Project Fear" - veteran on EU
"Cameron, bugger off with Project Fear" - veteran on EU
Published: 2016/05/26
Channel: RT UK
Brexit pundits were
Brexit pundits were 'universally wrong' Wetherspoons boss lashes out at Project Fear
Published: 2017/08/26
Channel: BuzzyNews UK
Project Fear: May
Project Fear: May 'hid terror study claiming UK could be MORE open to attacks post-Brexit'
Published: 2017/08/23
Channel: English News Hub
'Nothing will change' Brexit Project Fear DESTROYED in ONE phrase by European bank chief
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: 00Fast News
BREAKING Project Fear WRONG: Leaving EU would NOT be a
BREAKING Project Fear WRONG: Leaving EU would NOT be a 'disaster' for Britain, experts insist
Published: 2017/08/20
Channel: Brexit News
BREAKING-
BREAKING- 'Project Fear is back!' Seething Farage launches savage attack on BBC's 'anti-Brexit bias'
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: News 2U
BREXIT - VOTE LEAVE ! Don
BREXIT - VOTE LEAVE ! Don't Fall for Project Fear
Published: 2016/06/21
Channel: Elite NWO Agenda
BREAKING - Pro-EU campaigner shocks presenter by
BREAKING - Pro-EU campaigner shocks presenter by 'desperately willing Project Fear' to come true
Published: 2017/07/22
Channel: News 2U
Project Fear
Project Fear
Published: 2016/02/14
Channel: Liam Fox
peter shore on the
peter shore on the 'IN' campaign switch to project fear 1975!
Published: 2016/06/05
Channel: TheChrisg00
Patrick Minford on BBC Today -
Patrick Minford on BBC Today - 'From Project Fear to Project Prosperity'
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: Economists for Free Trade
Vince Cable
Vince Cable's Project Fear Lib Dem vows to bag SECOND vote and warns of Brexit 'dangers'
Published: 2017/09/15
Channel: TheNews
BREAKING
BREAKING 'We haven't seen an effect' Business chief lashes Project Fear over Brexit
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: Brexit News
Nigel Farage: their Project Fear is worse than my scaremongering (honest)
Nigel Farage: their Project Fear is worse than my scaremongering (honest)
Published: 2016/06/13
Channel: Incorrigible Forever
Lord Rose, "I
Lord Rose, "I'm fully behind Brexit Government" (Stronger-In Chair)
Published: 2017/03/10
Channel: Channel Brexit
Trump? Brexit? Enough! I’m moving to Canada…
Trump? Brexit? Enough! I’m moving to Canada…
Published: 2016/07/19
Channel: UKBodyTalk
Project fear
Project fear's lies
Published: 2016/05/27
Channel: Liberal London
'Project Fear is back!' Seething Farage launches savage attack on BBC's 'anti-Brexit bias'
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: 00Fast News
Pro-EU campaigner shocks presenter by
Pro-EU campaigner shocks presenter by 'desperately willing Project Fear' to come true
Published: 2017/07/22
Channel: BuzzyNews UK
EU Remain Camp
EU Remain Camp's Lies ALREADY Exposed
Published: 2016/07/22
Channel: Believe In Brexit Britain
Should The UK Leave The EU?
Should The UK Leave The EU?
Published: 2016/06/22
Channel: ArguingFromIgnorance
Brexit:  Labour
Brexit: Labour's Workers Rights Fears proven unfounded
Published: 2016/06/17
Channel: Fred Harding
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The term "Project Fear" has been used in British politics, notably before, during and after the 2016 UK referendum on EU membership by those campaigning to leave the European Union. It denotes the alleged scaremongering and pessimism employed by those in favour of remaining in the EU.[1] The phrase was coined by Rob Shorthouse, who was the "Better Together" campaign's director of communications during the Scottish independence referendum, and was later used by 'remain' supporters in the buildup to the "Britain Stronger In Europe" campaign during the EU membership referendum campaign.[2][3][4][5]

Prior usage of fear as a campaigning tactic[edit]

In a famous Oxford Union debate, Eurosceptic Labour MP Peter Shore referred to the use of fear as a campaigning tactic by the "Yes" side in the UK's European Communities referendum of 1975.[6]

2014 Scottish Independence referendum[edit]

The phrase "Project Fear" was coined by Rob Shorthouse, who was the "Better Together" campaign's director of communications during the Scottish independence referendum.[7][8][9]

On 23 June 2013, in an article marking the campaign's first anniversary, the Sunday Herald claimed that "Privately, some inside Better Together even refer to the organisation as Project Fear".[10] The name "Project Fear" subsequently appeared in other news outlets[11][12] and was co-opted by pro-independence campaigners.[13] The following line of the Sunday Herald's article said that "[Blair] McDougall is unrepentant about the tactics", but on the following day's edition of Scotland Tonight McDougall denied ever hearing anyone use the term "Project Fear".[14]

2016 EU Membership referendum[edit]

The former Mayor of London and key figurehead of the Leave campaign Boris Johnson argued that the pro-EU campaign in the 2016 EU referendum campaign was guilty of scaremongering, saying that "the agents of Project Fear" were trying to "spook" the British public into voting against British withdrawal from the EU, adding that "I am ever more convinced that the real risk is to sit back and do nothing, to remain inertly and complacently in an unreformed EU that is hell-bent on a federal project over which we have no control."[15] The phrase was quickly picked up by the British media,[16] who in September 2016 reported that ignoring the scaremongering had rewarded those with the insight to ignore the pessimism perpetuated by 'Project Fear' proponents after the FTSE250 broke all records in the months following the referendum to leave the EU.[17]

The phrase was also used by those who were in favour of Britain remaining within the European Union,[18] Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said that "The EU referendum is about our future relationship with Europe, not who is the next leader of the Tory Party ... the Labour leadership will not go anywhere near the Tories' 'project fear' campaign on both sides of the debate. But instead we will continue to set out the positive case to 'Remain and Reform' the EU to create 'Another Europe' ... Another Europe is not just possible but urgently and vitally needed, which is why we must reject the offer of a Tory Brexit.".[19]

However, others have opposed the label. Alistair Darling says that "Project Fear? In fact, it is a reality check. The kind anyone would take before making such an enormous decision in their lives. So when Iain Duncan Smith claimed if we stay in the EU terrorists would find it easier to get into the UK, we are right to call him out."[15][20] David Cameron rejected any allegations of fear-mongering, saying that "The only project I'm interested in is Project Fact. Project Fact is about saying: 'Stay in and you know what you'll get.'"[21] Others, such as the mayor of London Sadiq Khan, have also pointed out that the Leave side were in fact scaremongering with false claims of imminent Turkish accession to the EU.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eaton, George (15 June 2016). ""Project Fear" is back - and it's still Remain's best hope". New Statesman. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Gordon, Tom (21 December 2014). "I admit it: the man who coined Project Fear label". The Herald. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Ross, Jamie (24 May 2016). "The Man Who Created The Phrase “Project Fear” Says He Has No Regrets". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Jack, Iain (11 March 2016). "‘Project Fear’ started as a silly private joke during another referendum, but now it won’t go away". Guardian. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Deacon, Michael (25 January 2016). "The EU referendum: Project Fear is already under way". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  6. ^ https://semipartisansam.com/2016/06/23/eu-referendum-vote-leave-peter-shore-mp-brexit-oxford-union-debate/
  7. ^ Gordon, Tom (21 December 2014). "I admit it: the man who coined Project Fear label". The Herald. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Ross, Jamie (24 May 2016). "The Man Who Created The Phrase “Project Fear” Says He Has No Regrets". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Jack, Iain (11 March 2016). "‘Project Fear’ started as a silly private joke during another referendum, but now it won’t go away". Guardian. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Gordon, Tom (23 June 2013). "One year on: will Better Together change their tactics?". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Scottish independence: Duggy the dog helps in 'Project Fear' battle". BBC News. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Cochrane, Alan (30 June 2013). "Prophecies of doom beginning to look like overkill". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Dempsie, Jennifer (30 June 2013). "Jennifer Dempsie: Hope must replace Fear in vote". The Scotsman. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Scotland Tonight". STV. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Stone, Jon (29 February 2016). "The campaign to stay in the EU is 'Project Fear', says Boris Johnson". The Independent. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  16. ^ Spence, Alex (26 February 2016). "David Cameron unleashes 'project fear'". Politico. London, UK. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  17. ^ Ralph, Alex (2 September 2016). "Rally rewards bravery in the face of Project Fear". The Times. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  18. ^ Mason, Rowena (31 May 2016). "John McDonnell: sharing EU platform with Tories discredits Labour". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  19. ^ Cowburn, Ashley (31 May 2016). "Half of Labour voters have no idea what their position is on the EU referendum". The Independent. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  20. ^ Darling, Alistair (28 February 2016). "There's a reason why it's called Project Fear, by Alistair Darling". Mail on Sunday. Daily Mail and General Trust. Retrieved 31 May 2016 – via Mail Online. 
  21. ^ Stewart, Heather; Asthana, Anushka (29 February 2016). "David Cameron says his EU campaign is Project Fact, not Project Fear". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 
  22. ^ "Khan and Davidson clash with Johnson on immigration in EU debate". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 22 June 2016. 

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