Umunna – Leave MPs should hang their heads in shame for voting against £350m amendment

Tonight, Parliament voted against New Clause 11 of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, which would have forced the Government to publish analysis on the impact of Brexit on health spending.

Pro-Leave Conservative MPs have therefore refused to allow any transparency on the pledge Vote Leave made to spend £350 million more a week on the National Health Service. The amendment put down by Chuka Umunna MP, the Chair of Vote Leave Watch, and supported by MPs from across the opposition parties.

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

"Tory MPs who campaigned to leave the European Union should hang their heads in shame for voting this amendment down. For them to promise £350 million more a week for the NHS, and then turn round and oppose an amendment that would have set out how they will deliver their pledge is utterly shameless and disgraceful.

"Voters can now see very well that pro-Leave Tories made that pledge cynically, without ever thinking about how it might be achieved.

"Many people voted for Brexit because they believed, in good faith, the pledge painted down the side of Vote Leave's big red bus. If the Government do not keep the promise made by so many of their leading members, they will face deep and justified public anger."