The Vote Leave response to the Chancellor’s threats of dire budget measures this morning has been swift – 57 Conservative MPs have signed a statement saying that they would refuse to vote for it if he did try to bring such an Emergency Budget forward:
‘We find it incredible that the Chancellor could seriously be threatening to renege on so many manifesto pledges. It is absurd to say that if people vote to take back control from the EU that he would want to punish them in this way. We do not believe that he would find it possible to get support in Parliament for these proposals to cut the NHS, our police forces and our schools.
‘If the Chancellor is serious then we cannot possibly allow this to go ahead. It would be unnecessary, wrong and a rejection of the platform on which we all stood. If he were to proceed with these proposals, the Chancellor’s position would become untenable.
‘This is a blatant attempt to talk down the market and the country. The Chancellor risks doing damage to the British economy in his bid to win this political campaign.’
We’re told that more MPs are set to join the list, but for now here are the names of the 57 signatories:
Iain Duncan Smith
Sir Gerald Howarth
Sir William Cash
David TC Davies
Anne Marie Morris
Anne Marie Trevelyan
Notably, Labour – Osborne’s supposed allies in the EU referendum battle – have said that they wouldn’t support it, either.