Labour, Lib Dems, Greens and TUC are not impressed
Britain’s preogressive parties have slammed the government’s Brexit white paper, calling it ‘rushed’ and with little detail on how Britain will leave the European Union.
Keir Starmer, Labour’s shadow Brexit Secretary, called the white paper ‘a wishlist, not an action plan’. he said:
“For months they have refused to publish a plan or allow proper scrutiny, and when they are finally forced to produce a White Paper it is rushed, limited and not well thought through.
The White Paper offers no certainty for EU citizens living in the UK, no additional detail on how workers’ and consumer rights will be protected, and nothing on how full tariff-free access to the single market will be delivered.”
He said Labour would be pushing for ammendments on the Article 50 Bill next week.
Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, said:
— Frances O’Grady (@FrancesOGrady) February 2, 2017
Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas added:
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) February 2, 2017
Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:
“All we’ve seen on Brexit this week is a White Paper from the Tories and a white flag from Labour.
Both are now committed to a hard Brexit that will do untold damage to our economy.
No matter how this government dresses it up, tearing up Britain’s membership of the single market will mean more red tape for business and fewer opportunities for future generations.”
The Lib Dems are calling for a referendum on the Brexit deal.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.