Vote Leave Watch aims to ensure that pro-Leave politicians, who made specific promises about the UK’s future out of Europe, are held to account and are not allowed to renege on their promises.
It is a good idea, and I can understand why it has been launched outside the party political structure – Labour MPs campaigned for ‘Leave’ as well as those from other parties.
But it won’t improve Umunna’s standing with the party. As a Labour mutineer against Jeremy Corbyn, he needs to come to terms with his leader – and with the membership-at-large.
A coalition of MPs and others have launched a campaign to hold pro-Brexit politicians to account for promises made during the referendum campaign.
Vote Leave Watch, an unofficial spinoff from the remain campaign, is being led by Labour’s Chuka Umunna, who said the aim was to highlight the actions of pro-leave politicians who might seek to “wriggle out of the promises that they made to the electorate”.
Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat MP, Richard Reed, a co-founder of Innocent Drinks, and the TV presenter June Sarpong, all of whom were involved in the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, are supporting the movement.
Umunna said the hope was to expand the organisation and to solicit wider research on both the detail of claims made by specific Brexit-backing politicians and whether these were being breached.
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