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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
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 Fails As Britain
Project FEAR Fails As Britain's Inflation Starts To Fall After BREXIT
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: Patriotic Populist
Project Fear (British politics)
Project Fear (British politics)
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: WikiWikiup
Brexit 1975 MP Peter Shore attacks Project Fear
Brexit 1975 MP Peter Shore attacks Project Fear
Published: 2016/06/21
Channel: Richard Carey
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 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
Brexit Crunch Time: Cameron & Co. Ratchet Up "Project Fear" Before Vote
Brexit Crunch Time: Cameron & Co. Ratchet Up "Project Fear" Before Vote
Published: 2016/06/23
Channel: VisionLiberty
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 FINALLY HAPPENS - UK Invokes Article 50. Historic Article 50 Letter Delivered to Europe
BREXIT FINALLY HAPPENS - UK Invokes Article 50. Historic Article 50 Letter Delivered to Europe
Published: 2017/03/29
Channel: Elite NWO Agenda
Project fear
Project fear's lies
Published: 2016/05/27
Channel: Liberal London
'Who the Hell You Think You Are?' Nigel Farage throws egg in Eurocrat faces
Published: 2010/11/26
Channel: RT
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
“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
BREXIT - VOTE LEAVE ! Don
BREXIT - VOTE LEAVE ! Don't Fall for Project Fear
Published: 2016/06/21
Channel: Elite NWO Agenda
FREE AT LAST? THE ECONOMY AND BREXIT
FREE AT LAST? THE ECONOMY AND BREXIT
Published: 2017/05/22
Channel: The Convention
'Project Fear is back!' Seething Farage launches savage attack on BBC's 'anti-Brexit bias'
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: BuzzyNews UK
Boris Johnson leaves his home
Boris Johnson leaves his home
Published: 2016/06/28
Channel: tnews
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
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
"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
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
CHANNEL BREXIT Podcast 2: "Project Fear dies again!"
CHANNEL BREXIT Podcast 2: "Project Fear dies again!"
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: Channel Brexit
Brexit Crunch Time: Cameron & Co. Ratchet Up "Project Fear" Before Vote
Brexit Crunch Time: Cameron & Co. Ratchet Up "Project Fear" Before Vote
Published: 2016/06/23
Channel: LibertyInOurTime
WTO Boss says Britain will Trade Fine after Brexit
WTO Boss says Britain will Trade Fine after Brexit
Published: 2016/12/13
Channel: jim bowey
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
Brexit:  Labour
Brexit: Labour's Workers Rights Fears proven unfounded
Published: 2016/06/17
Channel: Fred Harding
Brexit:  Osborne
Brexit: Osborne's lies on Pensions
Published: 2016/06/17
Channel: Fred Harding
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
Published: 2016/05/31
Channel: Pat Condell
Ruth Jane Lea CBE  British political economist works in the financial sector
Ruth Jane Lea CBE British political economist works in the financial sector
Published: 2016/03/28
Channel: pee Ivate
Lord Rose, "I
Lord Rose, "I'm fully behind Brexit Government" (Stronger-In Chair)
Published: 2017/03/10
Channel: Channel Brexit
Fiery debate before Britain
Fiery debate before Britain's EU referendum
Published: 2016/06/22
Channel: News From World
SR 966 – Google Predicts Landslide Win for Brexit Leave
SR 966 – Google Predicts Landslide Win for Brexit Leave
Published: 2016/06/22
Channel: The Still Report
Should The UK Leave The EU?
Should The UK Leave The EU?
Published: 2016/06/22
Channel: ArguingFromIgnorance
Does Cameron think Putin will invade Britain on June 24th 2016?
Does Cameron think Putin will invade Britain on June 24th 2016?
Published: 2016/03/02
Channel: goingundergroundRT
Brexit:  Cameron Says we would do OK outside the EU
Brexit: Cameron Says we would do OK outside the EU
Published: 2016/05/16
Channel: Fred Harding
David Cameron
David Cameron's Project Fear Trashed
Published: 2016/06/02
Channel: Chris Guido
EUROPE IN CRISIS OVER BREXIT - EU Founding Members Want QUICK DIVORCE from UK
EUROPE IN CRISIS OVER BREXIT - EU Founding Members Want QUICK DIVORCE from UK
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: Elite NWO Agenda
CRAZY EMERGENCY EUROPEAN MEETING over BREXIT - EU vs UK "Why Are You Here?", "Your Not Laughing Now"
CRAZY EMERGENCY EUROPEAN MEETING over BREXIT - EU vs UK "Why Are You Here?", "Your Not Laughing Now"
Published: 2016/06/28
Channel: Elite NWO Agenda
UK officials warn of Brexit risks
UK officials warn of Brexit risks
Published: 2016/02/29
Channel: ITV News
'Project Fear is back!' Seething Farage launches savage attack on BBC's 'anti-Brexit bias'
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: 00Fast News
5to5 | FEAR (Official Video) - 2016 UK Hip-Hop
5to5 | FEAR (Official Video) - 2016 UK Hip-Hop
Published: 2016/02/11
Channel: 5to5 Music
Project FEAR
Project FEAR
Published: 2016/05/21
Channel: Schrödinger's Migrant
BREXIT POSTAL BALLOT "FRAUD" - British Voters Appalled & Disgusted
BREXIT POSTAL BALLOT "FRAUD" - British Voters Appalled & Disgusted
Published: 2016/06/06
Channel: Elite NWO Agenda
EU Remain Camp
EU Remain Camp's Lies ALREADY Exposed
Published: 2016/07/22
Channel: Believe In Brexit Britain
What leaving the EU could cost travellers
What leaving the EU could cost travellers
Published: 2016/06/24
Channel: The Telegraph
Brexit Surges: "Huge Sea Change" as Majority of Brits Favor Leaving EU
Brexit Surges: "Huge Sea Change" as Majority of Brits Favor Leaving EU
Published: 2016/06/04
Channel: VisionLiberty
Project Fear
Project Fear
Published: 2015/03/30
Channel: Mountain Equipment
DAVID CAMERON QUITS ! British Prime Minister Resigns Due to Brexit Vote Leave
DAVID CAMERON QUITS ! British Prime Minister Resigns Due to Brexit Vote Leave
Published: 2016/06/24
Channel: Elite NWO Agenda
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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]

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".[7] The name "Project Fear" subsequently appeared in other news outlets[8][9] and was co-opted by pro-independence campaigners.[10] 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".[11]

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."[12] The phrase was quickly picked up by the British media,[13] 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.[14]

The phrase was also used by those who were in favour of Britain remaining within the European Union,[15] 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.".[16]

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."[12][17] 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.'"[18] 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.[19]

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 (23 June 2013). "One year on: will Better Together change their tactics?". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Scottish independence: Duggy the dog helps in 'Project Fear' battle". BBC News. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Cochrane, Alan (30 June 2013). "Prophecies of doom beginning to look like overkill". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Dempsie, Jennifer (30 June 2013). "Jennifer Dempsie: Hope must replace Fear in vote". The Scotsman. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Scotland Tonight". STV. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Spence, Alex (26 February 2016). "David Cameron unleashes 'project fear'". Politico. London, UK. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  14. ^ Ralph, Alex (2 September 2016). "Rally rewards bravery in the face of Project Fear". The Times. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  15. ^ Mason, Rowena (31 May 2016). "John McDonnell: sharing EU platform with Tories discredits Labour". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ Stewart, Heather; Asthana, Anushka (29 February 2016). "David Cameron says his EU campaign is Project Fact, not Project Fear". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 
  19. ^ "Khan and Davidson clash with Johnson on immigration in EU debate". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 22 June 2016. 

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