November 25, 2019

Conservatives ask Labour - will you get Brexit done?

Conservative candidates across the country have today written to their Labour opponents asking them to confirm where they stand on Brexit and whether they will campaign to remain or to leave if Labour inflicts the chaos of another EU referendum on the British people next year.

The move comes after Jeremy Corbyn confirmed that he would remain “neutral” at such a referendum. And it follows a pledge signed by every Conservative candidate to back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal when, if a Conservative Majority Government is elected, it returns to Parliament before Christmas – so that we can get Brexit done by January.

Mr Corbyn has also refused to rule out a second independence referendum on Scottish independence.

The letters call on each Labour candidate to answer these three questions:

  1. What is your plan to get Brexit done?
  1. Will you remain neutral in a second referendum, and if not, how will you campaign?
  1. Will you refuse to support any government which is reliant on the votes of the SNP and a second independence referendum?

Commenting, Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said:

“Every single Conservative candidate is clear – we want to get Brexit done so that we can focus on our schools, our hospitals and keeping our streets safe.
“Voters have watched with dismay as parliamentary gridlock over Brexit has ground the country to a halt. The least they deserve is for their local candidates to be straight with them about what they propose to do about it.
“Whether it is Brexit, Scottish independence or immigration, Corbyn can’t say where he stands on the key issues and his only plan is for more delay and another two referendums.  The choice at this election is clear, Prime Minister Boris Johnson or Prime Ditherer Jeremy Corbyn.”
Region Labour's Pension Tax (£) Extra Months to Work
England 11,167 44
East Midlands 6,150 50
Greater London 12,871 45
North East 9,758 38
North West 6,835 47
South East 14,270 40
South West 7,407 45
West Midlands 10,729 41
Northern Ireland 13,718 35
Scotland 10,653 41
Wales 11,691 36
United Kingdom 11,253 43

Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:

“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”

Read more about how this Pension Tax will impact millions of savers (PDF)