Monday 26 March 2018 / 10:49 AM Brexit / Keir Starmer

Labour’s plan for Brexit will safeguard jobs and the economy – Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary is to deliver a speech in Birmingham today about Labour’s priorities for the final year of the Brexit negotiations.

In a speech to mark one year to go until the UK leaves the European Union, Keir Starmer will set out Labour’s plan for a close future relationship with Europe that would safeguard jobs, the economy and people’s living standards.

Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, is expected to say:

“Labour has adopted a considered approach to Brexit based on the national interest and rooted in our values of internationalism, solidarity and equality.

“A belief that we achieve more together than we do alone. That’s why the first of the six tests I set out a year ago was that the final deal must ensure a strong and collaborative future relationship with the EU

“Not just in trade and security, but in so much more – in research, technology, arts, culture, science and medicine. Labour’s approach to Brexit will protect that. We completely reject the notion that Brexit should make Britain a more insular country or cut ourselves off from our allies.

“The approach Jeremy Corbyn set out last month in Coventry had those core values at its heart and a strong emphasis that Labour’s approach will always put jobs and the economy first.

“There is no clearer demonstration of that than our commitment to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU Customs Union and a strong new relationship with the Single Market that retains the benefits.”

As part of Labour’s plan to safeguard jobs and the economy, Keir Starmer will announce that Labour intends to work with others in the Lords and Commons to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill to strengthen the terms of Parliament’s meaningful vote. He will say:

“The Government’s own Brexit minister Lord Callanan said just last week that if the deal is voted down it would be ‘an instruction to move ahead without a deal’. That is totally unacceptable.

“If Parliament rejects the Prime Minister’s deal that cannot give licence to her – or the extreme Brexiteers in her party – to allow the UK to crash out without an agreement. That would be the worst of all possible worlds.

“That is why in the coming days – and working with others in the Lords and the Commons – Labour will ensure that an amendment is tabled to the EU Withdrawal Bill to strengthen the terms of Parliament’s meaningful vote.

“Our amendment would make it clear that, should the Prime Minister’s deal be defeated, it must be for Parliament to say what happens next, not the Executive.

“A statutory provision requiring the Government to proceed on terms agreed by Parliament, not on the terms dictated by the Prime Minister.

“We will not dictate what Parliament should do in such circumstances. But Labour’s preference in that scenario is clear: the Government should go back to the negotiating table and work towards securing a deal that works for Britain.

“This would provide a safety valve in the Brexit process to safeguard jobs and the economy. It would remove the possibility of a no vote leading to a no deal. It would bring back control to Parliament.”