Boston Brexit voters have come under fire from a serving minister who accused members of the working class of throwing a ‘tantrum’ over immigration levels.
Sir Alan Duncan, the Europe Minister, was speaking during a visit to the United States while talking at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, according to Johnston Press’ national title iNews.
Sir Alan, who is Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s deputy, campaigned for Remain during the Brexit Campaign and argued that Leave voters’ anger over immigration was ‘slightly artificial’ because they complained about Europeans taking the jobs ‘they refused to do’.
He told the Council that Boston was ‘one of the paradoxes’ of the campaign because it had voted so heavily for Leave when the local agricultural sector was dependent on migrant workers from Poland.
“Lincolnshire folk if you like said ‘Oh, they are coming to pinch our jobs’. Well, they wouldn’t do the jobs themselves anyway so it was a slightly artificial anger,” he said.
Earlier in the meeting he said: “You could feel blue-collar, urban, traditional Labour opinion going viral for Leave.
“They were stirred up by an image of immigration which made them angry and made them throw a bit of a tantrum.”
“The manner in which the campaign was fought stirred up a lot of sentiment amongst people who were not habitual voters, particularly on the issue of immigration,” he added.
“You could feel blue-collar, urban, traditional Labour opinion going viral for Leave. They were stirred up by an image of immigration which made them angry and made them throw a bit of a tantrum.”
Sir Alan was also critical of the way the Remain campaign had been fought, calling it ‘badly conducted’ and saying the result was that it didn’t look as though the Remain argument put a vision of optimism.’
Sir Alan’s comments come as former Minister Anna Soubry told crowds at the Conservative Party Conference earlier this week that ‘fit, young’ migrant men are ‘not clogging up Boston’s services and housing’.