Brexit must go ahead, but Tory hard Brexiteers must be held to account for broken promises and lies

By Chuka Umunna MP, Chair of Vote Leave Watch

The year since the EU referendum has been a year of Vote Leave promises broken, Vote Leave lies exposed, and Vote Leave assumptions blown to bits.

That campaign, led by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, promised more money for our NHS.

They promised quitting our biggest trading partner would be painless.

They promised higher spending and lower taxes all round.

All these promises have been shown to be hollow.

Let’s start with the most notorious – that big red bus Boris Johnson toured the country in, pledging an extra £350million per week for our National Health Service.

I know millions of people who voted to Leave took that promise in good faith.

And now the Tory Government of which Boris is a leading member is allowing our NHS to crumble.

Anyone who thinks this is going to be delivered by these weak and wobbly pro-Brexit Tories is kidding themselves.

And they told us Brexit would be painless; that our trading relationship with Europe would continue unchanged.

And yet the Brexit vote has caused the pound to collapse, pushing up inflation and increasing prices in the shops.

And the Government is intent on taking us out of the Single European Market, which will mean barriers to trade with our biggest market, lower growth, fewer jobs and yet more austerity for people as tax revenues to the Treasury fall.

I respect the result of the referendum and we need to move on from it.

But we need to hold the Tory hard Brexiteers to account for their broken promises, and fight for a Brexit deal that will not make working people worse off.

I, like all the members of the Open Britain campaign, believe that must mean staying in the Single Market and Customs Union.

Only then can Vote Leave’s empty pledge to protect our economy and spend more on public services be fulfilled.

This article originally appeared in the Daily Mirror