Better Off Out
Better Off Out (BOO) is the name of a non-party campaign run by The Freedom Association to call for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. It was formed in 2006, it is based in Cheltenham, England.
The patrons of the campaign are Lord Tebbit, the former Chairman of the Conservative Party, Frederick Forsyth CBE, the best-selling author and Professor Tim Congdon CBE, an economist and former UKIP PPC.
It is supported by a number of Conservative Members of Parliament including Peter Bone, Douglas Carswell, Christopher Chope, David T C Davies, Philip Davies (Conservative), Gordon Henderson, Philip Hollobone, David Nuttall, Andrew Percy, Mark Reckless, Laurence Robertson and Richard Shepherd. There are a number of Conservative former Members of Parliament who supported Better Off Out The Conservative MEPs David Campbell-Bannerman, Roger Helmer (Conservative) (who has since left the Conservative party) and Daniel Hannan have also signed.
The Labour MP for Great Grimsby, Austin Mitchell is also a supporter. There are or were a number of Democratic Unionist Party MPs and Members of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly, including their leader Peter Robinson (though he has since expressed support for continued EU membership) and former leader Ian Paisley, as well as prominent members of the smaller Traditional Unionist Voice.
A large number of UKIP members, including MEPS, have signed.
- BBC 2007
- Gill 2006
- These include Lady Ann Winterton, Sir Nicholas Winterton, John Biffen, Eric Forth, Sir Richard Body, Dr Bob Spink, and Jonathan Aitken
- Others include Gregory Campbell, Nigel Dodds, Jeffrey Donaldson, Dr. William McCrea, Ian Paisley, Jr., Jim Shannon, David Simpson and Sammy Wilson
- Including William Ross and former MEP Jim Allister