Osborne Breaks £1.7 Billion Promise

Last autumn, Osborne claimed he had forced Brussels to cut in half the £1.7 billion “prosperity tax” Britain had been billed by the EU, promising he had secured a “better deal” and that he had got a “result for Britain“. At the time the PM called the original bill “appalling” and “completely unacceptable“.

Guess what?

Osborne delayed the payment until after the election, then this month quietly paid the bill in full. In fact, we paid £2.9 billion, and will only get back the difference at a later date. Eurosceptics and hard-working taxpayers alike will be furious at this capitulation to Brussels. If Labour are going to be any sort of opposition whatsoever, this is the sort of thing their new Brexit-backing leader should be leading on at PMQs…




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Stephen Bush writing in the New Statesman‘s morning briefing…

“The terrifying truth is that the Opposition is too divided – within the parliamentary party, within the trades unions, within the Shadow Cabinet and even within the leader’s office – to be anything other than a veto player as far as Brexit goes, and the party’s whole gambit is really about trying to make that weakness look like a strength. Keir Starmer saying that Labour is “increasingly likely” to vote down the deal is simply a reflection of the fact that the one thing the Labour party will be able to agree on as far as Brexit goes is that Theresa May’s deal is no good.”

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