We live in difficult times. The Prime Minister is referred to as “the father of lies” in the Supreme Court, his Ministers then follow suit, and all we have at street level is an already mistrusted media. We need organisations like Full Fact to help us out, but I suspect the powers that be hate their very existence and we shall sooner or later see steps being taken to ban them or at least put them out of business. I now personally subscribe to FF as I think they are of more value than an online newspaper.
On Tuesday, Boris Johnson claimed that a Brexit extension would cost £1 billion a month. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab then repeated the claim when standing in for Mr Johnson at this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions.
This is not true, and politicians need to stop saying it.
An extension of a few months – which the Prime Minister must request if parliament hasn’t approved exit terms by 19 October – would cost no more than leaving with a deal in October 2019, which is still the government’s publicly stated policy. The deal stipulates that EU budget contributions have to be made until December 2020, regardless of the leaving date. (We fact checked this a month ago).
Even if we leave with no deal, we may have to make those payments in the future if we want to do any trading with the EU.
On Tuesday, our Chief Executive Will Moy said: “A Prime Minister’s words matter. When Mr Johnson repeats this claim, journalists should ask him if that means he’s not serious about getting a deal.”
Published by Full Fact on 4 October 2019 HERE