False and Contradictory Brexit Promises

False and Contradictory Brexit Promises May 22, 2019

This list could be fifteen times longer. Such quotes could also be listed about Trump and his claims. This is the sort of context around which the Leave vote jus squeezed a victory (the latest poll has Remain winning at 60%). We are still debating and negotiating what looks to be the most complex set of talks in our recent history. Sadly enough, the newly formed Brexit Party, the lovechild of Nigel “Cult of Personality” Farage, look to be the biggest winners in tomorrow’s EU MEP elections:

“There will be no downside to Brexit, only a considerable upside.”
David Davis 10 October 2016

“Getting out of the EU can be quick and easy – the UK holds most of the cards.”
John Redwood July 17 2016

“The free trade agreement that we will have to do with the European Union should be one of the easiest in human history.”
Liam Fox 20 July 2017

“We’re not really interested in a transition deal, but we’ll consider one to be kind to the EU.”
David Davis 15 November 2016

“I believe that we can get a free trade and customs agreement concluded before March 2019.”
David Davis 18 January 2017

“Indeed, [a trade deal] would take significantly less than two years. We hold all the cards. We will offer them a deal in response to their pleas for help.”

Patrick Minford 14 June 2016

“I am not worried about transitional arrangements. I am prepared to take the economic hit to secure the economic benefits of not being inside the Single Market and being outside the Customs Union. I simply want… a quickie divorce.”
Michael Gove 17 November 2016

“We are going to get a deal which is of huge value and possibly of greater value.”
Boris Johnson 16 November 2016

“Within two years, before the negotiation with the EU is likely to be complete, we can negotiate a free trade area massively larger than the EU. The new trade agreements will come into force at the point of exit, but they will be fully negotiated.”
David Davis 14 July 2016

“Trade relations with the EU could be sorted out in an afternoon over a cup of coffee.”
Gerard Batten 17 February 2017

“Within minutes of a vote for Brexit, CEOs would be knocking down Chancellor Merkel’s door demanding access to the British market.”
David Davis 4 February 2016

“The cost of getting out would be virtually nil and the cost of staying in would be very high.”
Boris Johnson 6 March 2016

“I think we could very easily get a better trade deal than we have at the moment.”
Douglas Carswell 8 June 2016

“All David Davis needs to say to is: listen, guys, free trade or WTO?”
Tim Martin 2 January 2017

“It will be easy to negotiate a trade deal. It’s in the EU’s interests.”
Paul Nutall 17 January 2017

“Nobody ever pretended this would be simple or easy.”
David Davis 5 September 2017

“If we need to leave with no deal and negotiate a free trade agreement during the transition period, so be it.” (No deal = no transition period)
David Davis 21 November 2018

“We won’t know the full economic consequences for a very long time. The overwhelming opportunity for Brexit is over the next 50 years.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg, July 2018

[H/T epeeist]

I’ll leave this here.


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