NHS and immigration Leave promises fading away

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor

Two of the main pledges to win over the electorate, by the Leave campaign, have been rowed back on.

During the EU campaign reducing immigration and funding the NHS were key messages that chimed with a huge amount of voters, especially first time voters.

However, only a day after the Leave victory it has been admitted that immigration levels may well remain the same and the NHS will probably not receive the £350 a week funding that was offered.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage distanced himself from the £350 pledge to the health service and Tory MEP Daniel Hannan said: “Frankly, if people watching think that they have voted and there is now going to be zero immigration from the EU, they are going to be disappointed.”

There appears to be growing concern among sections of Leave voters who feel cheated and there have been reports of people contacting the electoral commission to ask to change their voting intentions.

The panic has been dubbed “Bregret,” with a lot of people not realising the immediate economic impact of the result, with billions wiped off the British economy. Standard and Poor’s has also warned that Britain’s top “AAA” credit rating was at risk.

Also a lot of voters appear to not have considered that the PM might actually resign over the issue. The bloody nose they wanted has actually become a knockout blow

Additionally, Liam Fox appeared to be in no rush to trigger the clause from the Lisbon treaty that signals a country is leaving the EU.

Fox said: “A lot of things were said in advance of this referendum that we might want to think about again and that [invoking article 50] is one of them,” said the Conservative MP.

“I think that it doesn’t make any sense to trigger article 50 without having a period of reflection first, for the cabinet to determine exactly what it is that we’re going to be seeking and in what timescale.”

As the fallout from the vote continues, nobody knows what will happen, but concerns about another recession have been hinted at, which would deal a hammer blow to an economy that has just dragged itself out of the worst economic slump of a generation.

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