Friday 10 February 2017 / 12:33 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

The Government must urgently explain this ranking and confirm that jobs, livelihoods, and speedy access to new drugs will be at the centre of its Brexit plans – Blomfield

Paul
Blomfield MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Minister
, commenting on the leaked
Government report dividing British industries into high, medium and low
priority in the Brexit negotiations, said:

“Hard
working people, the back bone of our manufacturing sector, will be the losers
in this Tory harsh Brexit.

“Pharmaceuticals
is ranked as ‘high priority’ yet the Health Secretary has confirmed we will
likely pull out of the European Medicines Agency, threatening access to drugs
for patients and thousands of jobs.

“Steel
construction is ranked as ‘low priority’ – a shocking indictment of a
Government that claims to understand the importance of manufacturing.

“The
Government must urgently explain this ranking and confirm that jobs,
livelihoods, and speedy access to new drugs will be at the centre of its Brexit
plans.”