The Government is reported to be considering John Mann’s amendment to give extra protections to workers and the environment.
Commenting, Mary Creagh MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“There is no possibility of a ‘better Brexit’ that can protect workers’ rights or the environment. We were told repeatedly that the Government’s deal was the best possible deal Britain can get, so to suggest that the deal can now be renegotiated with the EU again is yet more fantasy have-your-cake-and-eat-it politics.
“As Labour’s Keir Starmer has said, ‘the chance to get the right deal has now gone’. And TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady is right to say that ‘the reality of the Prime Minister’s offer falls short, and that this proposal isn't the binding, long-term guarantee that working people need’. If the Government’s deal can’t get through Parliament and if other ideas like a General Election are unobtainable, there is no realistic option left apart from going back to the people.
“The truth is that there is no kind of fantasy Brexit deal that can meet all the promises made. The real choice now is whether to go ahead with a Brexit deal or stick with the deal we already have as members of the EU. Now we know what Brexit looks like, the public should be given the opportunity to decide in a People’s Vote – is this the kind of deal we want, or is the deal we already have in the EU better? In the end, only the people can sort this out.”
Notes to Editors
- Keir Starmer told Owen Jones: “One of my greatest frustrations is that the chance to get the right deal has now gone. And discussions about other options – discussions about a public vote – have to be seen in the context of the Prime Minister having run down the clock on the opportunity to negotiate something that could reflect what happened in June 2016.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwHSia4cFUk)
- TUC’s General Secretary Frances O’Grady on Twitter: “The PM has talked a big game on workers' rights all along, but once again the reality falls short. This isn't the binding, long-term guarantee that working people need” (https://twitter.com/FrancesOGrady/status/1083280195581288448)