Jill welcomes AA apology over fuel price hike claims

UKIP Transport Spokesman Jill Seymour tonight welcomed the public apology from the president of the AA after he back-tracked on claims that a British exit from the EU would lead to a hike in fuel prices.

The motoring group waded into the Europe debate today by claiming costs at the pumps could rise by 18.7p a litre ‘within days’ of a Brexit vote.

But AA president Edmund King later took to Twitter to apologise for the comments, admitting they had been ‘misinterpreted’ and were taken from a report by banking group Goldman Sachs – known supporters of the ‘In’ campaign.

Mrs Seymour said: “I’m delighted that the AA has now apologised for this embarrassing piece of scaremongering, and clarified its stance on the matter.

“Goldman Sachs have a very vested interest in the EU referendum debate, so stating their claims as hard facts was a very unwise move.

“For anyone to suggest that the pound will plummet in value if we leave the EU is ludicrous and unfounded.”

Mrs Seymour added: “Remember, these claims come from the same group of so-called ‘experts’ who warned that our economy would collapse if we didn’t join the Euro currency.

“We should treat the scare tactics of these doom-mongers with the contempt they deserve.”

Edmund King has now insisted that the AA does not ‘take a view as to whether the UK should leave the EU’.