Andrea Leadsom downplays 2013 Brexit 'disaster' warning

Posted On: 
3rd July 2016

Conservative leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom has brushed off a video which shows three years ago she warned Brexit would be a “disaster”.

Andrea Leadsom said in 2013 Brexit would be a 'disaster' for the economy
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The House magazine

Ms Leadsom was a leading figure in the successful Leave campaign, but the Mail on Sunday has unearthed footage from 2013 of her speaking of the negative consequences of leaving the EU.

“I don’t think the UK should leave the EU,” she said at the Hansard Society’s Annual Parliamentary Affairs Lecture.  

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“I think it would be a disaster for our economy and it would lead to a decade of economic and political uncertainty at a time when the tectonic plates of global success are moving.”

In the speech, which took place before David Cameron began his renegotiation agenda with the EU, she also stressed the need for major reforms to make the organisation “sustainable”.

An unnamed Remain campaigner told the Mail on Sunday: “Mrs Leadsom must answer the charge of double standards.”

But her team hit back and said the comments were consistent with her messages throughout the campaign.

“These remarks have been taken completely out of context,” a spokesman said.

“Andrea’s position is and has always been that without fundamental reform, the UK could not remain in the EU.”