Friday 30 November 2018 / 2:31 PM Barry Gardiner / Brexit

Barry Gardiner responds to Liam Fox’s speech on the Government’s Brexit deal

Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, responding to Liam Fox’s speech on the Government’s Brexit deal, said:

“This is the man who promised us the world – the easiest trade deal in history. Today, he has finally admitted how untrue that was, but he’s admitted failure without any hint of irony. Apparently we must just accept that nobody actually thinks the deal is a good one for the country.

“The deal he has been cowed into accepting fails to set out a clear framework for our relationship with our largest trading partner and risks locking us in  a “Trade Purgatory” – a limbo from which we cannot escape. President Trump this week said a U.K. deal may no longer even be on the cards, and if we do ever manage to negotiate new deals, the Bank of England has quantified any benefit from those will be only 0.2 points of GDP growth.

“However, there is another deal available, one that could win a majority in the House of Commons. Labour’s proposal would protect business, the economy and jobs; solve the question of the Irish border and give us a stronger voice in negotiating future trade deals with the power of a 500 million strong consumer market. Theresa May needs to go back and renegotiate the deal Labour has offered to work with her to achieve — the deal that is genuinely in the country’s interest.”