Corbyn, Farron, Lucas respond to Theresa May’s ‘clean Brexit’ speech

Left party leaders trash PM's plans to leave the single market


Theresa May is ‘gambling with our future’ and engaged in ‘a theft of democracy’ according to leaders of Britain’s left and liberal parties, in response to the PM’s speech declaring Britain would leave the single market.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron accused the PM of hijacking people’s votes and signing them up to a UKIP agenda, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said May was trying to have her cake and eat it.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas called May’s approach ‘utter vandalism’, saying the Greens would ‘fight any attempt to turn Britain into a free-market tax haven’.

Corbyn pledged to hold the government to account, and said Labour will respond  in parliament to the speech, while the Lib Dems are calling for a referendum on the Brexit deal.

Farron, on the BBC, said:

“What she has done is taken the views of 51.9 per cent of the people – who voted to leave the European Union last June – and assume they all wanted the same as Nigel Farage, assume that they wanted an extreme Brexit that was not on the ballot paper.

So this is a theft of democracy as well as an attack on our economy.”

Corbyn told Sky News:

“She has said ‘leave the single market’ then at the same time ‘have access to the single market’. I’m not sure how that is gonna go down in Europe. … She seems to be wanting to have her cake and eat it. …

We are going to hold them account on all of this because I think there are enormous dangers in all of this. …

She makes all these optimistic statements, every economic indicator is going in the wrong direction at the present time.”

He added in a statement:

“Theresa May has made clear that she is determined to use Brexit to turn Britain into a bargain basement tax haven on the shores of Europe.

She makes out this is a negotiating threat to the 27 EU countries but it’s actually a threat to the British people’s jobs, services and living standards.”

Caroline Lucas said:

“The Prime Minister has morphed a close-run referendum into a mandate for an extremely hard brexit which will see our economy harmed as part of her desperate desire to end free movement. …

The Green Party will continue to stand up for free movement and keeping close ties with the European Union, and we’ll fight any attempt to slash our state through corporate tax cuts and a race to the bottom on regulations.”


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