Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Keir Starmer

“Defend free movement as we leave the EU”

Sir Keir Starmer, Labour Leadership Candidate, Leadership Campaign Pledge #6

Facts

In Sir Keir Starmer’s 2020 Labour leadership manifesto he pledged to “Defend free movement as we leave the EU”

In November 2022 Starmer ruled out the return of free movement. His comments were particularly startling as they came as part of an apparent attempt to outflank Conservative Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, who had floated the idea of introducing a Swiss style system whereby Britain accepted free movement in return for access to the single market. 

“A Swiss deal simply wouldn’t work for Britain. Freedom of movement is a red line for me” Starmer told the Daily Mail. “It was part of the deal of being in the EU but since we left I’ve been clear it won’t come back under my government.”

Verdict

Dishonest. This is a broken pledge and it is hard to see any justification for it having been made in the first place. 

We emailed Sir Keir Starmer’s office and Labour offering them the chance to respond. We received no response.

Published 28 Jun 2024
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