Lord Kerslake - This dodgy Brexit deal fails everyone’s tests - People's Vote

Lord Kerslake - This dodgy Brexit deal fails everyone’s tests

Less than 24 hours after the Government published its proposed Brexit deal, it is already clear that it will satisfy hardly anyone.

The Prime Minister’s deal fails to meet the key tests set out by:

  • The Labour Party
  • The Trades Union Congress (TUC)
  • The Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
  • And…the Government itself

This is confirmation that across politics, the union movement, and the business community, nobody can accept this deal that is so much worse than the one we have inside the EU.

Britain is simply not buying it. We need a People’s Vote on Brexit.

Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Home Civil Service and a leading supporter of People’s Vote, said:

“The deal that the Prime Minister has published would result in a Brexit that would be bad for the country and fails even on the Government’s own terms. Equally, a no deal Brexit would be so disastrous that it cannot seriously be considered as an option.

“Britain has been left in this catastrophic position by a series of serious misjudgements by the Prime Minister. The only choice left now is for Parliament to put this matter back to the public with a People’s Vote.”

 

BRIEFING: THE TESTS IN FULL

The Labour Party

 

  1. Does it ensure a strong and collaborative future relationship with the EU?

FAILED. The Government’s deal severely damages and diminishes our trade, collaboration, and influence in Europe.

 

  1. Does it deliver the "exact same benefits" as we currently have as members of the Single Market and Customs Union?

FAILED. The Government’s deal will leave us worse off and create new trade barriers for UK business.

 

  1. Does it ensure the fair management of migration in the interests of the economy and communities?

FAILED. The Government’s deal doesn’t meet the concerns of businesses about ending free movement and leaves us with no clarity over what the UK’s future immigration policy will be.

 

  1. Does it defend rights and protections and prevent a race to the bottom?

FAILED. The Government’s deal means a host of workers’ rights and protections in Britain will no longer be safeguarded by the EU and will be at the mercy of any future government.

 

  1. Does it protect national security and our capacity to tackle cross-border crime?

FAILED. The Government’s deal will make it harder for us to bring criminals to justice , means our forces may find it more difficult to catch known fugitives from other European countries, and offers no certainty about the future.

 

  1. Does it deliver for all regions and nations of the UK?

FAILED. The Government’s deal would see Northern Ireland applying different regulations to the rest of the UK.

 

Trades Union Congress (TUC)

  1. Protecting jobs through frictionless trade in goods and services

FAILED. The Government’s deal means UK businesses will have less access and face new barriers for trade in both goods and services.

 

  1. A level playing field for workers’ rights

FAILED. The Government’s deal means a host of workers’ rights and protections in Britain will no longer be safeguarded by the EU and will be at the mercy of any future government.

 

  1. Dispute resolution and supervision for labour, consumer and environmental standards

FAILED. The Government’s deal provides no assurance that this will be a given, providing mere aspirations hereto in a future relationship which may never even come about.

 

  1. Giving workers a say

FAILED. There is no mechanism for workers to influence the negotiations, transition, or final agreement.

 

  1. Protecting the Good Friday Agreement

FAILED: The Government’s deal complicates the situation in Northern Ireland and raises questions of the status of Northern Ireland which will take years to resolve.

 

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

  1. A barrier-free relationship with our largest, closest and most important trading partner

FAILED. The Government’s deal means UK businesses will have less access and face new barriers for trade in both goods and services.

  1. clear plan for regulation that gives certainty in the short-term, and in the long-term balances influence, access and opportunity

FAILED. There is no clarity over where we will go from here, and massive uncertainty remains around the future relationship. Britain’s influence in the EU will disappear, and access and opportunity for businesses will be diminished.

  1. migration system which allows businesses to access the skills and labour they need to deliver growth

FAILED. The Government’s deal doesn’t meet the concerns of businesses about ending free movement and leaves us with no clarity over what the UK’s future immigration policy will be.

  1. A renewed focus on global economic relationships, with the business community at their heart

FAILED. The Government’s deal means we will exit the preferential trade agreement we currently enjoy thanks to the EU, and there has been no progress on rolling over existing deals or negotiating new ones.

  1. An approach that protects the social and economic benefits of EU funding

FAILED. The Government’s deal will see us outside the EU’s funding streams and there is no clarity over whether or how the Government will replicate this funding.

  1. smooth exit from the EU, avoiding a “cliff-edge” that causes disruption

FAILED. The Government’s deal offers no certainty over terms of the UK’s future relationship, and the spectre of a disruptive cliff-edge for many businesses at the end of the transition period still remains in the form of the backstop.

 

The Government

  1. Respect the referendum result

FAILED. The Government’s deal fails to deliver on any of the promises that were made during the referendum, and therefore does not respect the outcome. It fails to deliver a financial dividend, more control over the rules governing our country, or a lasting trade relationship with the EU.

  1. A lasting accord

FAILED. The Government’s deal only achieves certainty for a transition period, leaving the country with absolutely no certainty over what a future accord with the EU will look like. Government ministers have already floated the idea of ripping up the deal and renegotiating the relationship with Europe.

  1. Protecting jobs and security

FAILED. This bad deal will damage our economy and cost people’s jobs. At the same time, it leaves us outside of vital data sharing systems to protect our country, making Britain less safe.

  1. Consistent with the type of country we want to be as we leave: a modern, open, outward-looking, tolerant European democracy

FAILED. The deal positions Britain as a rule-taker outside of one of history’s most ambitious institutional frameworks to promote progressive politics, international engagement and trade, and human rights.

  1. Strengthen our union of our nations and our people

FAILED. The Government’s deal complicates the situation in Northern Ireland and raises questions of the status of Northern Ireland which will take years to resolve.

 

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