Doughty – threat of broken promises on Brexit makes free vote essential

The UK could continue paying billions into the EU to secure Single Market participation, according to Tom Newton Dunn in today’s Sun.

This would be despite explicit promises from the Prime Minister and the Government that this would never happen:

“the days of Britain making vast contributions to the European Union every year will end."
Theresa May, Lancaster House speech, 17 January 2017

“What is important is that when we leave the EU, people want us to ensure that it is the British Government that decide how taxpayers’ money is spent.”
Theresa May, House of Commons, 19 Dec 2016

“We would not expect to pay for access to their markets any more than they would expect to pay for access to ours.”
Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph, 17 September 2017


Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:

"Every day it becomes clearer that the Brexit we were promised - the one that would see an additional £350 million a week switch directly from EU contributions to the NHS - can never, and will never, be delivered. 

"Instead we are now being told that leading Brexiters want instead to keep paying money into the EU to keep Single Market access.

"This is another reason why Theresa May must ensure there is a free vote in Parliament on whether to accept this or any other deal she negotiates." 



Notes to editors

Tom Newton Dunn’s story can be read here: