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

Boris Johnson, House of Commons

January 30, 2022

Facts

Analysis by FullFact has shown that Mr Starmer voted 48 times on matters related in some way to Brexit, but only a handful were directly about whether Britain should be part of the EU. All but three of these votes 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

Johnson was misleading the Commons. His failure to correct his misleading statement contravenes the Ministerial Code. 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.”

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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