Michael Gove is a much more fearsome opponent that Boris the Buffoon or Nigel the Beer Drinker, but he is still inclined towards being somewhat misleading. His contention that remaining in the UK will “add 5 million” to the UK population is one such example.
The odd thing is, if it actually did, this would by current projections mean the UK would take over as the European Union’s most populous country within 20 years.
Given that the UK would at that stage, inevitably, also have the largest cultural reach, largest military budget and quite likely also the largest economy of any European Union country, it would therefore be undoubtedly the most influential country in the world’s largest industrial economic bloc. It would also have the largest representation in the European Parliament, as a side benefit. All some time in the 2030s.
Which, for those interested in the UK’s global influence, is a thought.
(The 5m figure is, of course, baloney, like just about all the figures produced during this campaign. We may instead have to wait until 2050…)