Wednesday 4 January 2017 / 7:47 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Keir Starmer comments on appointment of Sir Tim Barrow

Keir
Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU
, commenting on
the appointment of Sir Tim Barrow as the UK’s new Permanent Representative to
the EU, said:

“I
welcome the appointment of Sir Tim Barrow as the UK’s new Permanent
Representative to the EU. It is of course vital that there should be no vacuum
in such an important role and that the new Permanent Representative should be
someone with a strong and distinguished record of service as a diplomat.

“But
a number of fundamental questions remain unanswered. In particular, Sir Ivan
Rogers’ confirmation that the Government lack a plan for Brexit (“We do not
yet know what the government will set as negotiating objectives for the UK’s
relationship with the EU after exit”)
, and his statement that the UK does
not have a proper and effective negotiating team in place (“the structure of
the UK’s negotiating team and the allocation of roles and responsibilities to
support that team needs rapid resolution”)
.

“These
are the most important negotiations we have faced for generations and it is
unacceptable to have this level of preparation and accountability just 10 or 11
weeks before Article 50 is triggered.

“That
is why Labour have called for David Davis to make a statement to parliament on
Monday on the state of the Government’s preparations for Brexit.”