Sunak says everyone knew Brexit would make us poorer. Did you?

On the ropes: Rishi Sunak.

Is this the blunder that ends Rishi Sunak’s career?

He has told the House of Commons Treasury Committee that everybody knew Brexit would make the UK poorer when they voted for it in 2016.

Do you think that is true?

This Writer’s recollection is of people like Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage claiming they were leading us into the “sunlit uplands” of a prosperous post-Brexit future. In fact, the Office for Budget Responsibility recently published two graphs showing how badly the UK has suffered on those so-called sunlit uplands:

Nobody saw “Brexit will make you poorer” written on the side of a big red bus. It said £350 million a week that then went to the EU could be given to the NHS instead.

When the promised cash failed to materialise, Sunak used it as a pretext to impose a 10 per cent increase in National Insurance on us, justifying it with a lie that it would go towards health and social care. It won’t. He wiped away half of the £12 billion it was supposed to make in his Spring Statement last week.

Presented like that, it looks like a premeditated Tory plan to make millions of people poorer. Indeed, 1.3 million of us will be dropped into poverty because of the decisions he made in his Spring Statement.

So when Sunak said everybody had always known a change in trading relationships with the EU would cause a hit to the UK economy, he was trying to offload the blame for a Tory plan onto the voters.

No wonder he shrugged when he was asked if he thought voters were stupid. Clearly, he does.

His reasoning also seems clear: voters put the Conservative Party back into government twice, after being misled into voting to make themselves poorer in the EU referendum – thereby encouraging Sunak and all the others to impoverish them further while lining their own pockets.

That’s stupid in anybody’s book.

The rest of his evidence was more of the same – an attempt to pass the blame for the UK’s current financial woes onto the nation’s citizens.

So the £200 heating loan isn’t a loan even though it will push people into further debt.

So he couldn’t help people on benefits because that would increase public borrowing.

So his squeeze on the poorest was their fault for not having saved more during lockdown.

At least he admitted that his tax relief on solar panels won’t help people on Universal Credit. Very handy for him, though.

The message is clear:

Tory government will make you poor. If you don’t want to be poor, don’t believe the Tories. Don’t listen to them. And most importantly of all, never – never – vote for them.

Source: ‘Do you think people are stupid?’ Sunak shrugged. Of course he did

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4 thoughts on “Sunak says everyone knew Brexit would make us poorer. Did you?

  1. kateuk

    I always knew that Brexit would make us poorer Because I worked for 40 years in international trade and to me it was obvious, no matter what promises were made to the contrary. Of course I voted to remain. However I don’t believe that “everyone knew” or why would they have voted for it? The public were lied to and are still being lied to by this abominable, corrupt gbevernment.

  2. stainglass44

    THE BREXIT REFERENDUM WAS AN ADVISORY VOTE ANS JOHNSTON AND HIS MATES WANTED OUT OF THE EU BECAUSE THEY WERE TERRIFID THAT THE EU WAS ABOUT TO CHANGE THE TAX RULES ON ”TAX HAVEN” TO STOP THEM AND HIS MATES FROM MAKING MONEY OUT OF US SLAVES AND TAKING IT TO THE TAX HAVENS ,AND YES I AND MANY OTHER PEOPLE DID KNOW THAT VOTING OUT WOULD MAKE US MUCH POORER .THEY COULD NOT CARE A LESS ABOUT US ONLY THER RICH MATES .

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      But the anti-tax haven rules came in before the UK left and were enshrined in UK law!

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