Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Rishi Sunak

‎”[On the Australia free trade agreement] I congratulate negotiators on both sides on what I think is a good deal for Britain”

PM Boris Johnson, Sky News

Facts

Boris Johnson told the public that the Australia free trade deal – the first agreement negotiated from scratch after Brexit –  was a “good deal for Britain.”

Former Environment Secretary, George Eustice, later showed Johnson’s remark to be false. Addressing the Commons on the agreement, he said: “Since I now enjoy the freedom of the back benches, I no longer have to put such positive gloss on what was agreed. The first step is to recognise that the Australia trade deal is not actually a very good deal for the UK. The truth of the matter is the UK gave away far too much for far too little in return”

The Financial Times, corroborated Eustice’s comments, reporting that whilst the UK loses 4 percent of our GDP as a result of Brexit, we only gain 0.08 per cent, by the government’s own estimate, through this trade deal with Australia.

Verdict

George Eustice, a member of Johnson’s cabinet during negotiations, has since questioned Boris Johnson’s claim that the Australian free trade agreement was a “good deal for Britain.” 

We emailed Mr Johnson’s office offering them the chance to respond. The email was received, but no reply. 

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