Labour’s plan to hold two referendums would cost taxpayers at least £155million, Tories claim – The Sun

LABOUR’S plan to hold two referendums if it wins power will cost at least £155million, the Tories say.

Their calculations, based on Government figures, suggest Jeremy Corbyn’s insistence on a second Brexit poll would hit the taxpayer with a £138million bill.

And the cost of allowing a second Scottish independence vote would add £17million.

The Tories say that money could be spent employing an extra 7,000 nurses next year instead — and that the analysis exposed yet more costs of putting the Labour leader in No10.

Boris Johnson said Mr Corbyn was willing to give the SNP a second referendum on independence as a price for its support in the Commons — even though it risked breaking up the UK.

Mr Johnson added: “The financial cost of this to taxpayers up and down the country will be in excess of £150million.

"But the real cost will be much, much higher — the chaos of two referendums in 2020 grinding the country to a halt and the world’s greatest political union reduced to the status of a bargaining chip.”

Yesterday senior Cabinet ministers unveiled a poster in Westminster that branded Mr Corbyn the “prime ditherer”.

And every Tory candidate has written to their Labour opponents asking them to confirm where they stand on Brexit after Mr Corbyn said he would remain neutral in a second EU referendum.

The letters call on each Labour candidate to reveal what their plan is to "get Brexit done" and whether they will remain neutral in a second referendum, and if not how they will campaign.

Tomorrow Mr Johnson will launch his Scottish manifesto — with the claim that only the Tories can be trusted to protect the Union.

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