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Has Cameron scored an own goal? EU referendum clashes with ‘Independence Day’

22 February 2016

9:42 AM

22 February 2016

9:42 AM

David Cameron’s decision to hold the EU referendum on 23 June has already caused upset in some camps. While the SNP complain that it clashes with the Holyrood elections, Glastonbury festival goers are put out that they will have to organise a postal vote in order to have their say.

Now there is more trouble ahead for Cameron. As if the Remain camp didn’t have enough to deal with now BoJo and Gove have backed Out, Independence Day 2 is to be released in UK cinemas the day after the referendum — on 24 June.


This means that for weeks in the run-up to the vote there will be billboards and adverts promoting ‘Independence Day’. In the trailer for the film, the public are informed: ‘today you will once again be fighting for our freedom’.

While the alien-fighting, independence-loving action flick might be enough to catch the imagination of a few voters, there’s a chance it could be censored. During the Scottish referendum, UK cinema chains banned all adverts on the referendum after customers complained. What’s more, Mr S recalls a patriotic beer advert being banned during the 1997 Scottish devolution referendum over fears it could have unintended results.


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