Theresa May’s Florence speech has only managed to tick off one of the seven tests put to her by the Liberal Democrats yesterday.
Passing the tests would have signalled that Theresa May is moving away from her reckless, extreme Brexit. Instead, in the vast majority of cases she failed to offer any solutions to the major issues related to Brexit that are currently facing the country.
Commenting on her failure, Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson said: “Theresa May’s speech in Florence was a failure. She ruled out staying in the single market, she failed to ring fence the rights of EU nationals, she has failed to take ‘no deal’ off the table. “Theresa May, six months since Article 50, has once again failed to give answers. “There was so much waffle in this speech she should have made it in Belgium.”
The seven tests were:
- Clamp down on dissent within the Cabinet
- Seek to remain in the Single Market and Customs Union
- Try to secure the greatest possible degree of Freedom of Movement
- Ring-fence the negotiation on EU citizens’ rights
- Indicate how much the UK is willing to contribute to settle liabilities and participate in EU projects
- Rule out the so-called ‘No Deal’ option which would have devastating consequences for UK Plc
- Announce you will legislate for a ‘Vote on the Facts’ (a referendum on the deal) before the UK leaves the EU
❌ Didn’t do this.
The Liberal Democrats have called on Jeremy Corbyn to end Labour's ambiguous stance and confirm whether his MPs will vote to keep the UK in the single market indefinitely.
It comes as the Labour leader gave a speech at the TUC calling for a "jobs-first" Brexit with "full access" to the European market, but insisted that free movement should end.
The Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill calling for a separate parliamentary vote on the UK's withdrawal from the European Economic Area (EEA), which would allow MPs to vote to stay in the single market.
The party has also tabled amendments to the bill to keep the UK in the customs union, protect the rights of EU citizens and secure a referendum on the final Brexit deal.
Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake commented:
"Labour's current muddled stance on the single market would lead to a 'jobs-lost Brexit.'
"Putting off leaving the single market will only delay the inevitable economic car crash by a few years. It's simply not sustainable.
"Jeremy Corbyn must come off the fence and order his MPs to back staying in the single market for the long-term.
"By working together across party lines, we can defeat this government's hard Brexit plans and protect people's living standards for years to come."
Islington Lib Dems have called on Islington Council and the borough's two Labour MPs to support Lib Dem MP Tom Brake's campaign for the UK to honour those who work in the emergency services with a national day of recognition.
Tom’s campaign started after he discovered that the UK does not have a day of appreciation for those who work in front-line services like the Ambulance, Police and Fire Services. Tom has reached out to several other MPs and gained cross-party support for his campaign from five of the major parties.
The UK has many national days, such as national doodle day, national doughnut week, and international ‘talk like a pirate’ day. But, the UK lacks a day of recognition for the emergency services.
Former Islington Council Leader, Lib Dem Terry Stacy said:
“Those who work in emergency services do so much for us. They are always there to answer our calls for help, without expecting anything in return. These people are the last to boast about the work they do. They deserve a national day of recognition, especially given the recent tragedies that have struck our country."
People who work for the emergency services have put their lives on the line during incidents like the Manchester attack, the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks, the Grenfell Tower fire and in the Finsbury Park attack. These people are heroes. Surely, we can find it in our hearts to acknowledge the critical, often life-saving work of the emergency services, which we have seen at first hand here in Islington.
Tom and several other MPs such as Caroline Lucas, Peter Bottomely, Norman Lamb, Jim Fitzpatrick and Chris Stephens have joined together to advocate for a national day of recognition for those who work in emergency services.
“That this House recognises the extraordinary work of our emergency services; understands that more needs to be done to raise awareness of the fantastic work they do to keep us all safe; recognises the importance of providing our emergency services with the funding they need to keep our country safe; calls for an official annual National Emergency Services Day to remember and recognise their work; this day shall be recognised by our nation as a day to remember their heroic acts, daily work and to raise awareness of, educate people about and promote public safety." – Early Day Motion
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