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How they changed their tune

See how they changed their tune over time. Hover to see before and after

Theresa May

Theresa May

BEFORE: “So, if we do vote to leave the European Union, we risk bringing the development of the single market to a halt, we risk a loss of investors and businesses to remaining EU member states driven by discriminatory EU policies, and we risk going backwards when it comes to international trade.” (25th April 2016, link).

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AFTER: “The decision of the British people on 23rd June gives us a once-in-a-generation chance to shape a new future for our nation: the chance to build a stronger, fairer country.” (21st November 2016, link).

Philip Hammond

Philip Hammond

BEFORE: “I believe it is essential that we protect our access to the single European market. Whether we like it or not, our economy, over 40 years, has become shaped by that access. And to lose that access now would be catastrophic.” (26th June 2016, link).

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AFTER: “We will go forward understanding that we cannot be members of the Single Market, because of the political red lines around the four freedoms that other European leaders have set. But expressing an ambitious agenda for a comprehensive free trade arrangement with the European Union, that will allow our companies to trade in Europe and European companies to trade in Britain, minimising the disruption to existing business patterns and minimising the disruption to pan-European supply chains.” (17 January 2017, link).

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

BEFORE: "I'd vote to stay in the single market. I'm in favour of the single market. I want us to trade freely with our European friends and partners…In the next phase of development of the single market it will be Britain that benefits hugely because we're an economy that is overwhelmingly producing services - that is the next phase of single market development." (2013, Link).

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AFTER: “What we want now and what would be brilliant for this country is to do what all other countries around the world do and that is have access to the single market but not be snared up in the legislative machine.” (28th June 2016, Link).

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