We were told that leaving Europe would mean £350 million extra a week for the NHS. We now know that this won’t happen.
We were told that 100,000 overseas students outstayed their visas. We now know this wasn’t true.
We were told that non-UK EU residents needed to run our agriculture and public services would stay. Tens of thousands are leaving.
We were told that London’s place as a world financial centre was secure. Now we know tens of thousands of jobs will move to Frankfurt.
We were told that cut loose from Brussels, our economy would flourish. It is already stagnating.
We were told families would not be split up. Now people are being told to go, then told it was a mistake.
We were told that anyone asking for the “divorce payment” of £60-£100 billion to leave the EU could “go whistle”. Now we are told we will have to pay up.
We’ve been misled. We’ve been fooled. We’ve been conned. We have been lied to. I’m sick of it.
We shouldn’t be spending up to £100 billion to leave the EU, meaning jobs are lost, industry suffers, skilled staff disappear, families are broken up.
If there is £60 to £100 billion available in the Treasury for that, I want it spent instead on proper funding for local council services, replacing the £100 million a year my council will have lost by the end of the decade.
I want it spent on a proper system of social care for our ageing population, on not just adequate but world-class mental health care. I want that £350 million extra a week for the NHS.
I want money spent on decent and affordable new homes so that people have somewhere to live and businesses can get the staff they need, where they need them.
I want investment in our universities, to promote research and development into the medical, biomedical and technological steps forward that contribute to science and learning, innovation and healthcare, local and national economic wellbeing.
I want the machinery of government focused on making this country a better place to live and do business, not on disentangling 40 years of international co-operation.
We are going ahead with an extraordinary act of national self-harm, costing us tens of billions in the short term, hundreds of billions in the long term. It will put our social and economic future at grave risk. We are not “taking back control”, we’re taking our hands off the wheel and closing our eyes to what’s ahead. It is the most important and urgent issue of our time.
We should at the very least have a second referendum based on the facts, and on the deal struck with the EU, if one is at all.
Better still, our leaders should admit we were misled, and abandon Brexit before further irreparable damage to Britain is done.