Sunday 12 March 2017 / 3:40 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

The Tories are talking up a dire future where Britain completely breaks off from our primary allies and trading partners – Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer MP, Shadow Secretary of
State for Exiting the EU
, responding to comments made by
Boris Johnson and David Davis on Brexit negotiations, said:

“This morning Boris Johnson said that it would be
‘perfectly okay’ if the Prime Minister were to fail in her negotiations and
Britain were to leave the European Union without a deal. David Davis said
Britain would leave the European Union without a deal if the Prime Minister
fails to secure a deal that Parliament is willing to approve.

“These comments come on the same day that the Foreign
Affairs Select Committee described leaving the EU without a deal as
‘destructive’ and stated that it would lead to ‘economic losses’ and a
diminishment of our international reputation.

“Britain faces a stark choice between two very
different futures. There is the collaborative and co-operative future
relationship with the EU proposed by Labour, where we would retain our economic
ties and continue to work together with our European partners to solve common
problems. By contrast senior figures in the Cabinet are talking up a dire
future where Britain completely breaks off from our primary allies and trading
partners.

“This is the most important choice facing the nation,
and Parliament cannot be side-lined. That is why Labour have amendments before
the House on Monday that would guarantee a meaningful vote in Parliament.”