Vote Leave Watch unveils new government’s ‘Brexit manifesto’

Research by Vote Leave Watch has revealed the new Vote Leave-dominated government’s ‘Brexit manifesto’ of promises made during the EU referendum campaign.

With Vote Leave supporters like Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and David Davis being given prominent positions in a new government committed to Brexit, the public have a right to know about the promises they made during the EU referendum campaign. And the new government must be held to account if they do not deliver.

Their main promises about what would happen if Britain left the EU are as follows:

  • David Davis, the new Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, promised that all EU spending currently directed to the UK – supporting farms, universities, poorer regions and others – would be maintained.
  • Liam Fox, the new Secretary of State for International Trade, promised that the government would spend an extra £350 million a week on the NHS.
  • Chris Grayling, the new Secretary of State for Transport, promised that all current EU spending in Britain would be maintained, that junior doctors would get a pay rise, that security co-operation with the EU would remain in place, and that VAT on household energy bills would be scrapped.
  • Boris Johnson, the new Foreign Secretary, promised that the government would spend an extra £350 million a week on the NHS, that 300,000 new jobs would be created, that all current EU spending in Britain would be maintained, that VAT on household energy bills would be scrapped, that tax avoidance would be reduced, and that Irish citizens would remain free to live and work in the UK.
  • Andrea Leadsom, the new Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, promised that all EU subsidies currently received by British farmers would be maintained, and that energy bills would fall.
  • Priti Patel, the new Secretary of State for International Development, promised that the government would spend an extra £350m a week on the NHS, that all current EU spending in Britain would be maintained, that there would be additional spending to increase primary school places, that Irish citizens would remain free to live and work in the UK, and that tax avoidance would be reduced.

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, founder of Vote Leave Watch, said:

“It’s clear that Britain is now being led by a Vote Leave government, with a Prime Minister committed to Brexit and Vote Leave supporters like Boris Johnson and Liam Fox in important positions.

“During the EU referendum campaign, they promised that a vote to leave the EU would result in £350m a week extra being spent on the NHS, an end to VAT on fuel bills, the maintenance of all EU spending in Britain, and much more.

“Already we have seen Leave campaigners backtrack on these promises. The government is dominated by cynical Tory leavers who misled the British public during the referendum campaign. It is vital that they are now held to account for their promises.”

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