Theresa May and her Government have failed at every opportunity to produce a deal which will work for people and businesses here in Heywood and Middleton and our country as a whole, and she has failed to engage constructively to build consensus with Opposition parties in Parliament to help achieve a workable deal. Sadly, Mrs May has been more interested in the small group of hardline Eurosceptics in her own party who are willing to accept Brexit at any cost – but I’m not willing to put residents’ jobs, rights at work, or our economy at stake.
Parliament has decisively rejected the deal she eventually brought to a vote, and now the Government are clearly trying to run down the clock in an attempt to force MPs to choose between her bad deal or No Deal. Parliament has made it clear that it does not accept No Deal as an option – the threat to jobs, services, businesses and travel (not to mention peace in Northern Ireland) is simply too huge.
Labour has a clear alternative Brexit plan which would protect jobs and the economy and would avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. If Theresa May was serious about building consensus and getting a deal through Parliament, she would engage seriously with us.
We need a deal that protects jobs, rights at work, the economy and trade, and which delivers on the 2016 referendum vote. I will continue to work hard to achieve this.