The Vote Leave campaign has been criticised today after calling the integrity of the IFS into question. The comments come after the IFS produced an economic report showing that Brexit could lengthen austerity.
A spokesman for Vote Leave earlier said:
“[The IFS] is the paid-up propaganda arm of the European Commission”.
Caroline Spelman, the Conservative MP for Meriden, said on Twitter:
“Totally out of order for VoteLeave to call the IFS corrupt when the evidence doesn’t go in their favour”.
Emma Reynolds, the Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, said on Twitter:
“Vote Leave losing economic argument so they are now attacking credible experts like the IFS”.
Sir Eric Pickles, the former Conservative Cabinet Minister, added:
“I can’t believe that some in the Leave camp have called the IFS corrupt. Ludicrous and stupid in equal measure”.
David Gauke, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, added:
“When IFS, IMF, OECD, BoE & CBI all say UK worse off outside EU, perhaps Leavers should accept that it’s because they believe”.
Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, backed Vote Leave’s attack, saying:
“Another doomsday report today from an organisation receiving EU funding, this time the IFS”.