The Brexit deal is one of the most important negotiations that Britain will have to go through in our lifetime.
The Labour Party accepts the result of the referendum, and so now the challenge is to get the best possible outcome for Britain. We will prioritise protecting the jobs and the businesses that rely on Europe for materials, imports and exports. We must maintain living standards, workers’ rights and environmental protections, and we must ensure that Europeans doing skilled work here in the UK are allowed to stay.
Theresa May has said that no deal is better than a bad deal. This is complete, and dangerous, nonsense. How can our businesses trade with our partners abroad when they don’t know how much it is going to cost them? Labour will always put jobs and the economy first. Business must be able to plan for the future and manage risk.
The EU is the UK’s single largest trading partner, and Plymouth is a place that relies heavily on European trade. We need a strong voice to fight for businesses large and small in Plymouth. I will support the fisherman in Plymouth to protect their right to fish, to negotiate for fair quotas and to ensure that the London convention is triggered to protect our fishing waters.
We need to have a strong and constructive relationship with Europe, so that we can work together on climate change, security, counter-terrorism, and research and development. A Labour approach to Brexit will ensure that the Tories don’t take important rights like maternity pay and holidays away from us, and that Britain doesn’t lag behind Europe in workplace protections and environmental standards.
Where Theresa May wants to shut down scrutiny and challenge, Labour will welcome it. We will work with Parliament, not against it. On an issue of such crucial importance the Government can’t hide from the public or Parliament.