Leslie – Inflation rise shows dangers of hard Brexit to working families

Commenting on the rise in inflation to 2.7%, up to its highest level since 2013, Chris Leslie, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“The continued rise in inflation shows that Brexit is making real people poorer. The post-referendum collapse in the value of the pound has pushed up the cost of imports, meaning food, clothes, petrol and other staples are becoming ever more expensive.

“Leave campaigners promised us we would not be any worse off if we voted to leave. They were wrong, as the rise in prices outstrips wage growth and leaves working families feeling the pinch.

“This demonstrates the dangers in the Government’s hard Brexit approach. They have to negotiate a deal that gives us the ‘exact same benefits’ as Single Market membership, as they promised, to stop prices rising further and our economy suffering real damage.”