Shock! Chuka Umunna does something useful: Vote Leave Watch

People protest against Brexit in London last weekend [Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA].

People protest against Brexit in London last weekend [Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA].

Labour far-right whiner Chuka Umunna has actually done something useful – although you’ll notice it has only a tangential relationship to his role as an MP.

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.

Source: Vote Leave Watch aims to hold MPs to account over Brexit promises | Politics | The Guardian


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2 thoughts on “Shock! Chuka Umunna does something useful: Vote Leave Watch

  1. David Woods

    Shouldn’t this be obligatory for even ‘General Elections’ as all promise so much yet deliver so little!

  2. Zippi

    My question is, were they promises? The leave campaign was a campaign group, not a government, or political party running for government. How often do people take to the streets, when governments to not fulfill their manifesto promises/ pledges? We were not voting for people, for a government, or specific pledges or promises, most of which, if indeed they were promises, we could not possibly know that they were keepable; we were voting on our membership of the institution that is the European Union. Whether, we voted to remain, or to leave, that fact remains. Why were people not this engaged prior to the referendum and how many of those who are protesting, have regrets about the way in which they voted, or feel cheated etc. know any more about the European Union than they did before the referendum? In short, do they know why they are protesting? Do they know, for sure, that voting to remain was the better option? Unless people are coming from a place of knowledge, all of this is nonsense.

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