Luke Pollard

Labour & Cooperative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

What deal for Brexit?

Last night the Brexit bill was passed by the Commons. Whether you are a remainer or a leaver, Brexit is happening. The question is what deal will we get?

One thing I've been very vocal on is the lies that were told by the Leave campaign to win the referendum. Politicians and aspiring ones need to be careful about accusing people of lying but in telling the country leaving the EU would deliver £350million a week for the NHS - something the Leave campaign knew not to be true - was a lie. A big fat lie. A complete fabrication designed to con people.

The thing is that lie worked. And so, we're leaving the EU, and there's no extra money for the NHS. In fact, there's an NHS funding crisis.

In Plymouth our NHS is in crisis. Our social care funding has been cut and waiting lists are up, operations are being cancelled and our fantastic NHS staff are being pushed to breaking point.

That's why I think the Government should provide an extra £350million a week for the NHS. It's a government with Boris Johnson, Liam Fox, Priti Patel and David Davis in - all of them promoted the lie - and painted it on their bus - that the NHS would get £350m a week if we left the EU.

So...last night Labour MP Chuka Umunna tabled an amendment to the Brexit Bill to require the Government to assess what effect leaving the EU would have on the NHS. Would it get the £350m a week Leavers promised? No. Why? Because Tory Leave MP after Tory Leave MP lined up to vote it down.

So, whether you are a remainer or a leaver, let's demand that the politicians who peddled the lie about £350m a week deliver on that promise. Let's give the NHS the money it was promised.

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