Tuesday 18 June 2019 - People's Vote

Tuesday 18 June 2019

Morning Briefing: Boris Johnson's contradictory and expensive promises

It's the second ballot in the Conservative leadership campaign, where at least one candidate is expected to be dumped. Whoever survives will join a televised BBC debate tonight. Current favourite Boris Johnson has been allowed to dodge talking to anyone, sticking to schmoozing with potential supporters behind the scenes. He is prepared to push for a disastrous No Deal. The People's Vote campaign demands: Let Us Be Heard.

The contradictory and expensive promises of Boris Johnson

Hideaway wannabe Prime Minister Boris Johnson is playing the field behind the scenes and has been accused of making contradictory promises to MPs from all sides of the Tory Party.

The current lead candidate dodged facing any questions from Westminster lobby journalists unlike his rivals, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab and Rory Stewart. But behind the scenes he is said to be wooing both extreme Brexiters and moderate MPs with fake promises that he won’t be able to keep. According to the Guardian, he is promising “all things to all people” in order to win votes.

To the hardcore No Deal wing of the party he is said to have to told them that Theresa May’s Withdrawal deal is “dead”, but he is still winning the support of less extreme personalities such as Matt Hancock and Damian Collins.

Treasury Minister David Gauke, who is backing Rory Stewart, said Johnson’s unfunded spending promises in the race to be PM could force up government borrowing by billions. He tweeted: “If Boris wins, good luck to whoever becomes his chancellor.”

The leadership race, where Conservative members who make up just 0.25% of the population get to decide who leads the country through the crisis, is still dominated by candidates floating a range of “unicorn” fantasy solutions.

Rank outsider Rory Stewart is making the other candidates nervous. David Lidington, the de facto Deputy PM announced he is backing Stewart, while Gove and the rest are trying to force him out in the second ballot today.

Johnson will finally be seen on TV this evening with a debate of whoever is left in the running on the BBC. It is a sham of an election which demonstrates the need for the people to be heard. Join our summer of campaigning - Let Us Be Heard.

Pressure grows on isolated Corbyn over People's Vote

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn now faces relentless pressure to take a side in the party's debate on Brexit.

Yesterday Deputy Leader Tom Watson gave an impassioned speech in favour of both a People’s Vote and supporting the EU, arguing in an interview that Labour would pay a high price for not backing a final say referendum.

But he was immediately attacked by chairman Ian Lavery who is one of a small group of people around Corbyn who don’t want to shift from the current mealy-mouthed strategy.

A shadow cabinet meeting was cancelled yesterday, which put off the main argument, but Corbyn had a tough time in a meeting with People’s Vote-backers.

The lack of resolution looks increasingly dangerous as a supporter of a catastrophic No Deal edges closer to becoming Prime Minister. 

We don’t have to sit back and let the politicians force a destructive form of Brexit on us - join our campaign and Let Us Be Heard.

Fight back against the politicians and Let Us Be Heard!

The political circus may drive you crazy, but we can fight back and force them to listen to reason. Our campaign Let Us Be Heard will gather momentum throughout the summer with a series of events culminating in a massive march in London.

There will be rallies in 15 towns and cities in every corner of the country with the first regional rally this Saturday June 22 in Leeds. Get a ticket and come join the event at New Dock Hall.

As the campaign for a People’s Vote continues to build, For our Future’s Sake (FFS) records its first ever podcast today with Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson and Jason Arthur welcoming a special guest.

Job alert! People’s Vote campaigners Our Future Our Choice is teaming up with Creative Access, a brilliant social enterprise working to increase diversity in the creative and media industries to fill two great roles: OFOC Director of Communications and OFOC Digital Officer. These are great job opportunities for passionate, committed and talented people.


It's clear that Brexit must be put to the people. Now is a crucial time to get involved with the People's Vote campaign. Sign up to volunteer today. 

Quote of the Day

"Tom Watson is speaking up for millions of Labour voters and members who want our party to make its position clear on Brexit. Labour urgently needs to start backing the solution of a public vote, with an option to stay, on any Brexit outcome or we will be letting down our voters, our members and our values."

People's Vote supporter and Labour MP Alex Sobel backs Deputy Leader Tom Watson's call for a full-throated backing of a new public vote.


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Our Future Our Choice video shows young people with questions for Boris Johnson.

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People's Vote campaign news

More Brexit news

Gove calls for Parliament veto of No Deal (HuffPost)

Tom Watson: the party is leaving me (PoliticsHome)

Boris Johnson's uneasy coalition could soon fray (The Times £)

UK economic growth goes to zero due to Brexit stockpiling (Independent)

Johnson finally set to break cover (Mirror)

Top Brexit comment...

Simon Jenkins: Hail to the oxymoron-in-chief, Boris Johnson (Guardian)

Rachel Sylvester: White male Tories need to look at the country they want to lead (The Times £)

Tom Peck: When will the Tory Party realise it is electing the worst prime minister ever? (Independent)