Starmer warns PM to expect a fight over Hard Brexit
- Credit: PA Wire/PA Images
Sir Keir Starmer has issued a Brexit battle cry warning the government they face a scrap in the Commons over leaving the EU
In a major speech setting out Starmer's push to refocus Labour's Brexit efforts he also told the PM he would not allow Theresa May to be handed a 'blank cheque' to trigger Article 50.
He added that if the Supreme Court upholds the ruling that MPs must be given a say before the Prime Minister can formally start the Brexit process Labour will seek to amend the legislation unless May produces a 'meaningful plan'.
You may also want to watch:
In the speech, delivered at Bloomberg in the City, the shadow Brexit secretary vowed to fight any Hard Brexit strategy that 'tears us apart from our EU partners', instead backing an approach to build a 'new and strong relationship' with the other 27 countries.
Starmer used his speech to set out his goal of making jobs, the economy and living standards Labour's priority in the 'battle of our time'.
- 1 Brexit regret: Meet the Leave voters who wish they hadn't voted Leave
- 2 Labour leader defends NHS after being kicked out of pub in Bath
- 3 Opposition parties push for probe into Boris Johnson's conduct following viral video
- 4 Boris Johnson vows action over 'absurd' post-Brexit trading arrangements
- 5 Scottish Tory leader accused of 'nonsense' excuse for Boris Johnson avoiding Scotland
- 6 ‘I should not have listened to Cameron’ – Former European Commission president
- 7 New research reveals half of Brexit supporters were not 'left behind' red-wall voters
- 8 Welsh government refused permission for legal challenge over post-Brexit bill
- 9 Defence minister Johnny Mercer 'trying to resign' - reports
- 10 A chapter is over for Britain, for good or ill
He accused the PM of failing to unite a deeply split country, saying that instead of trying to 'repair the breach' following the EU referendum she has 'only had a message for one side of the divide'.
He also painted Hard Brexit as 'a future that tears us apart from our EU partners', outside the single market and customs union.
He called Hard Brexit, 'a global race to the bottom which would not only put our economy and jobs at risk, but which would also abandon our shared scientific, educational and cultural endeavours with the EU'.
He added: 'The second version of our future is a version where we exit the EU but build a new and strong relationship with our EU partners based on the principles of co-operation, collaboration and mutual benefit.
'A future which preserves our ability to trade in goods and services with our biggest market.
'A future that values joint scientific, educational and cultural work with our EU partners.
'A future which allows the UK to retain its leading position in the world, influencing and contributing to developments across Europe and beyond.'
Labour's poor performance in the Richmond Park and Sleaford and North Hykeham by-elections has been blamed on the focus on Brexit, and Sir Keir will argue that the Opposition needs to fight on that key political battleground.'
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.