Over six weeks have passed since David Cameron confirmed the date of the UK’s historic referendum on European Union membership. And it’s now less than twelve weeks until 23rd June.
As a card-carrying economics nerd and news junkie, I follow the increasingly febrile debate on British EU membership very closely. Doing so involves countless conversations with politicians, business leaders and strategists about the referendum – and the aftermath of a potential Brexit vote.
While political insiders obsessively trade the pros and cons of the EU, though, most voters currently feel, if anything, frustrated and confused by a discussion long on arguments and insults but short on facts. So, here’s a column making a series of points about the upcoming referendum which, while vital to understanding what’s happening in my view, are rarely stressed in print.