Vote Leave Watch has challenged Boris Johnson to keep his promises made to the people of Northern Ireland during the EU referendum campaign.
During the campaign, the new Foreign Secretary, along with new International Development Secretary Priti Patel, said: “The right of Irish citizens to enter, reside and work in the UK is already enshrined in our law. This will be entirely unaffected by a vote to leave on 23 June.”
Mr Johnson and Ms Patel, along with new Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, also promised during the campaign that “if the public votes to leave on 23 June, we will continue to fund EU programmes in the UK until 2020”. This is particularly vital for Northern Ireland as it is so dependent on EU funding.
Vote Leave Watch, the organisation devoted to holding Leave campaigners to account for the promises they made during the referendum, is calling for Mr Johnson to honour his promises and immediately confirm that there is no threat to the right of Irish citizens to come freely to the UK, and that Northern Ireland will continue to receive the present level of EU funding until at least 2020.
Commenting, Norman Lamb MP, Patron of Vote Leave Watch, said:
“Leave campaigners like Boris Johnson made a series of wild promises to the people of Northern Ireland during the referendum campaign.
“Now that Northern Ireland is to be forced to leave the EU, despite voting to remain, it is more vital than ever that Leave campaigners are held to account for their promises.
“Northern Ireland depends both on EU funding and on an invisible border with the Republic. Boris Johnson must immediately confirm that he will keep his promises on these issues. If he does not, the people of Northern Ireland must know that he made cynical promises during the referendum which he had no intention of keeping.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- On June 1st 2016, Boris Johnson and Priti Patel promised that: “The right of Irish citizens to enter, reside and work in the UK is already enshrined in our law. This will be entirely unaffected by a vote to leave on 23 June.” Link.
- On 14th June 2016, Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Chris Grayling, and other Leave campaign ministers promised that: “There is more than enough money to ensure that those who now get funding from the EU - including universities, scientists, family farmers, regional funds, cultural organisations and others - will continue to do so while also ensuring that we save money that can be spent on our priorities. If the public votes to leave on 23 June, we will continue to fund EU programmes in the UK until 2020, or up to the date when the EU is due to conclude individual programmes if that is earlier than 2020.” Link.