Brexiteer and Tory MP Andrea Leadsom sensationally claimed in a resurfaced interview with ITV that the prospect of people losing their jobs because of Brexit was made 'very clear' during the 2016 referendum.
The former leader of the House of Commons was one of the foremost Brexiteers three years ago and is hoping her vision for the future of Britain can help her become the next prime minister.
During a conversation with ITV from June 2019 during the Tory Leadership election, the 57-year-old is quizzed about her stance on a no-deal Brexit and is asked if she would be willing to go through with it if it came to that scenario.
"You have to be. In any negotiation, you have to be prepared to walk away" she says before Brand adds the caveat of whether she would go through with it even if it meant people would lose their jobs?
Nobody can ever guarantee that people will not lose their job. People lose their jobs and gain new jobs every single day of the week.
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, there will be winners and losers and there will be some short term disruption. I am not an advocate of no-deal.
The democracy of our nation is worth everything. The people took a decision and we have to deliver on that.
Brand responds to that statement by telling her that those who voted to leave didn't vote to lose their jobs, to which Leadsom responds by saying that facts such as that were stated in the build-up to the referendum.
All of that was made very, very clear. Don't forget that the government put out a leaflet to all households, saying that the NHS would have cuts, that pensioners would have cuts, that we would have half a million unemployed, so you can't tell me that people weren't told.
The democratic will of the people is to leave the European Union and I would not under any circumstances advocate either trying to make people change their minds, have a second referendum or revoke that decision.
Her quote comes just weeks after British Steel was put into compulsory liquidation and was named as one of the first major casualties of Brexit, with 4,000 jobs at risk.
This follows in the footsteps of brands like Dyson and Nissan would be moving their production lines outside of Britain, in the wake of the referendum result.
A clip of the quote from Leadsom has again been shared onTwitter and as you can probably guess, people aren't impressed.
Andrea Leadsom - It was made very clear, in 2016, that people would lose their jobs in the event of a no-deal. 😮 https://t.co/3VmUbYt1nK— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺) 1594458888
I cannot believe she said this. https://t.co/sd85LhMlH9— Steve Analyst (@Steve Analyst) 1594459712
Please retweet. The bloody idiocy the whole thing - and most of all the reliance on the word ‘democracy’ as a grou… https://t.co/k1MEbgVMUk— Jessica Simor QC (@Jessica Simor QC) 1594469091
And we could rename her 'Mrs Andrea Project-Fear'. https://t.co/fv8MtMdaUb— James Oh Brien (@James Oh Brien) 1594476150
So the Leave side campaigned with slogans saying people might lose their jobs? I know it's been four years, but I d… https://t.co/mu9mQ9HYSb— Sarah Hurst (@Sarah Hurst) 1594461610
With Brexit having to be completed by the end the year and the government refusing to extend the negotiating period further, Britain is still yet to complete a trade deal with the EU with Michael Gove today announcing that the government is looking at improving infrastructure in south-east England to stop the flow of transport from France being blocked in the event of a no deal.
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