#NewBrexitFacts

Comparing what they said then with what we know now

On Article 50...

What they said:

My understanding is that (Article 50) is irrevocable.

Liz Truss MP (20/02/17)                            

The reality:

We can change our minds at any stage during this process ... We are not required to withdraw just because Mrs May sent her letter.

Lord Kerr (20/02/17)

What they said:

We are going to leave the EU in March 2019.

Theresa May (23/10/17)

The reality:

If Parliament needed time to consider the deal or pass legislation for a referendum I don't see any of the 27 democracies denying us.

Lord Kerr (20/02/17)

On trade...

What they said:

What we have come up with … is the idea of a comprehensive free trade agreement and a comprehensive customs agreement that will deliver the exact same benefits as we have.

David Davis MP (24/01/17)

The reality:

I make no apology for being ambitious about what we’re trying to do. The classical approach for a politician during a negotiation is to reduce expectations … I’m going to aim as high as conceivably possible.

David Davis MP (30/03/17)

What they said:

What we have come up with … is the idea of a comprehensive free trade agreement and a comprehensive customs agreement that will deliver the exact same benefits as we have.

David Davis MP (24/01/17)

The reality:

We can change our minds at any stage during this process ... We are not required to withdraw just because Mrs May sent her letter.

Lord Kerr (20/02/17)

On the NHS...

What they said:

Instead of handing over £350 million a week to Brussels, we should be spending that money on local priorities like the NHS.

Liam Fox MP (14/04/16)

The reality:

Every department across Government will make a pitch for some of that money. So I don’t think we should be counting any chickens.

Philip Dunn MP (29/08/16)

What they said:

Take Control of £350 a week and spend it on our priorities like the NHS.

Boris Johnson MP (09/06/17)

The reality:

Downing Street said that £250m would be spent next year on Brexit preparations but failed to say whether that many included customs staff. A further £412m would be spent on ‘one-off’ costs in coming years, but that figure did not include HMRC staff.

Huffington Post (31/10/17)

No Deal Brexit...

WHAT THEY SAID:

Those who say that Brexit will mean the planes stop flying are doomsayers who do not know what they are talking about.

Chris Grayling MP (01/10/18)

The Reality:

Airlines would lose the automatic right to operate air services between the UK and the EU.

Government Advice (24/09/18)

What they said:

Claim that No Deal means patients won’t get their medicines is 'Project Fear'.

Dominic Raab MP (01/10/18)

The Reality:

The government has asked the pharmaceutical industry to make plans to hold additional stocks amid medicine shortage concerns.

Sky News (23/08/18)