Umunna – Government can’t deliver on ‘exact same benefits’ Brexit promise

Today saw the Cabinet hold their first meeting to discuss their desired end-state for Brexit. The discussion, coming 18 months after the referendum result, lasted under two hours and produced precious few new details about what model of Brexit the Government intends to pursue.

Commenting on today’s news, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“It is disgraceful and a dereliction of duty that the Cabinet has only today – eighteen months after the referendum – had an opening full discussion about what our future relationship with Europe should look like.

“The problem is clear. The Cabinet cannot agree among themselves about what Brexit outcome they want beyond an unrealistic ambition to have cake and eat it. Going into the most complex negotiations in modern British history without a clear plan of action is irresponsible and very unlikely to deliver what the Government promised – a deal that gives us the ‘exact same benefits’ as we enjoy now.

“Brexit is significantly more complex than anyone could have realised during the referendum campaign. As new facts continue to emerge and the costs spiral, people have every right to keep an open mind on whether Brexit as delivered matches what was promised, and whether it is really the right choice for the country.”