“[Keir Starmer] voted 48 times to take this country back into the European Union.”

Boris Johnson, House of Commons

January 25, 2022

Facts

Exemplary analysis by FullFact has shown that Mr Starmer voted 48 times on matters related in some way to Brexit, but only a handful of these votes were directly about whether Britain should be part of the EU. All but three took place before the UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020 - so they could not have been in favour of rejoining the EU. 

Verdict

According to the Ministerial Code,  “It is of paramount importance that Ministers give accurate and truthful information to Parliament, correcting any inadvertent error at the earliest opportunity.  Ministers who knowingly mislead Parliament will be expected to offer their resignation to the Prime Minister.” 

Boris Johnson was misleading parliament in defiance of the Ministerial Code. 

We approached Mr Johnson’s office, the Cabinet Office and the No 10 Press Office to give him a chance to comment, but received no response. 

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