Esther McVey is being called out over article about EU states being forced to adopt the Euro

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Monday 11 March 2019 10:30
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Tory politician Esther McVey has generated lots of discussion around Brexit and the Euro after she tweeted a 2014 Telegraph opinion piece called, ‘After 2020, all EU members will have to adopt the Euro.’

In a now-deleted tweet, she wrote: ‘Are the public aware of this?’

And the many other things the EU has planned for its member states after 2020?

The article in question was written by the executive director and principal of Europe economics, Andrew Lilico, and had been controversial both when it was published, and today.

In the article, he had suggested that ‘at some point, perhaps shortly after 2020’,’ there will be a ‘single European state' and all EU member states will be forced to adopt the Euro.

There is no evidence that this will be the case.

Mcvey’s tweet was seen by many to be misleading, and untrue.

People called her irresponsible for sharing an article that had been ‘debunked’.

And she is being accused of peddling lies on Twitter.

Ironically her Euro tweet came just hours after she lamented on Twitter that trust in politicians was at an 'all-time low.'

People are mocking her by using the hashtag #McVeyFacts

In a follow-up tweet, she appeared to retreat from the article - and that too drew criticism

She wrote:

From reading the comments, even if you don’t agree with the article I posted, I think we can all agree on one thing – we never want the UK to join the Euro True or false?

Femi Oluwole, creator of pro-European advocacy group Our Future Our Choice saw similar claims circulating on Facebook and debunked it, calling it ‘fake news’.

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