LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Britain’s most important opposition Labour Party is ready to vote down any deal Prime Minister Theresa May clinches with the European Union and is open to a second referendum with the choice of staying within the bloc, its Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer mentioned on Tuesday.
Britain’s shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Keir Starmer talks to the media on the annual Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, Britain, September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
With simply over six months till Britain leaves the European Union, May has but to achieve a take care of Brussels on the phrases of the divorce, and her plan for future commerce ties has been rebuffed by each the EU and plenty of lawmakers in her personal celebration.
Labour has listed six exams it will apply to any Brexit deal, together with whether or not it ensured a robust future relationship with the EU and delivered the identical advantages Britain has as a present member of the bloc’s single market and customs union.
Starmer mentioned May was on track to fail these exams.
“Everybody recognises the talks are going badly and it looks as though we’re heading for a bad deal or even no deal,” he advised BBC TV. “We, the Labour Party, are going to vote down a bad deal or we’re going to vote down no deal because that is not good for our country nor is it what people voted for.”
In a speech to his celebration’s annual conference later, Starmer will say the Conservative government doesn’t have a reputable plan for Brexit, and that there isn’t a majority in parliament for May’s so-called “Chequers” proposals, which envisage shut ties with the EU within the commerce of products.
Labour might play a decisive function in whether or not any Brexit deal is authorised by parliament. May has a working majority of simply 13 within the 650-seat parliament and a former junior minister mentioned this month as many as 80 of her personal lawmakers had been ready to vote towards a Brexit deal primarily based on the Chequers proposals.
Labour’s conference will vote afterward Tuesday on preserving a second Brexit referendum as an choice if May fails to get her Brexit plan by way of parliament, heaping strain on the struggling prime minister.
Starmer mentioned a gathering of celebration officers on Sunday had agreed that any second vote would enable for Britons to vote to remain within the EU in any case, seeming to contradict the view expressed by the celebration’s finance spokesman on Monday.
“The question that would be asked was left open because we don’t yet know the circumstance we’ll find ourselves in,” Starmer mentioned. “The meeting on Sunday was very clear that the question would be wide enough to encompass the option of remain. Nothing is being ruled out, including the option of remain.”
The government’s Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned on Monday that Labour’s “nonsense” a few second referendum would encourage the EU to supply a “lousy” deal and most of the people in Britain simply wished politicians to get on with Brexit.
“Labour seem determined to take us all back to square one by rejecting a deal out of hand then trying to delay Brexit and re-run the referendum,” junior Brexit minister Robin Walker mentioned in an announcement.
“Labour promised to respect the referendum result, but are just playing political games and trying to frustrate it.”
Additional reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Alison Williams