Umunna – Leaked Government document shows the PM helped sabotage the Remain campaign

A Cabinet Office paper leaked to The Independent has revealed how Theresa May undermined the Remain campaign during the EU referendum by refusing to make the positive case for immigration.

The document shows that the then Home Secretary refused to back a cross-departmental drive about “the positive impacts that migration can have on the economy as a whole and on individual public services.” 

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“An ideological PM undermined the referendum campaign by failing to make the case for the value of migration.

"She helped sabotage Remain by refusing to properly engage with the migration debate. She is now compounding the cost by putting extreme migration cuts ahead of economic growth and jobs, leaving the single market based on the fantasy that the same benefits can be secured outside of it.

"It’s time to drop the tens of thousands migration target.” 


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