“We love Europeans but not the EU”: Lincoln MP leads Vote Leave tour of Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Eurosceptics representing a wide range of political parties have joined forces for a “grand tour” of the county to convince undecided voters to back the Leave campaign in the upcoming European Union referendum.

Around 30 Vote Leave campaigners gathered on Castle Hill to kick start the tour of 14 different towns across Greater Lincolnshire on Wednesday, June 15, eight days before the public goes to the polls to decide on whether the UK should remain a member of the EU.

A letter calling for the UK to leave the EU has also been issued to coincide with the tour by Lincoln’s MP, Karl McCartney, and has been signed by 24 other politicians from the Conservatives, Lincolnshire Independents, Liberal Democrats and UKIP.

Karl McCartney said: “It’s not that we don’t like Europeans or Europe – we do and we all love them. But we don’t like the EU bureaucratic institutions and that’s what we want to leave on June 23.”

Vote Leave campaigners on Castle Hill ahead of a tour of Greater Lincolnshire on June 15. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Vote Leave campaigners on Castle Hill ahead of a tour of Greater Lincolnshire on June 15. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Eurosceptic Lincoln MP was joined by Labour city councillor Gary Hewson at the start of the tour in uphill Lincoln.

Councillor Hewson said: “People have got concerns about the pressure caused by the people coming into the country legitimately. But I think it’s time we put a halt to it.”

Bardney parish councillor Charles Shaw, a member of the Liberal Democrats, added: “It’s about getting our country back. I was there as a young person at the first signing when we joined the European Union and we signed our country away.”