GE17 Labour’s ‘Day One’ Pledge to EU Nationals – freedom of movement “will have to end”
Labour says it would scrap Theresa May’s Brexit plans and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU residents before talks start, if it wins power. This was a General Election pledge for the Party
While accepting the UK was leaving, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said Labour wanted a deal which prioritises jobs and workers’ rights.
He also said migration rules had to change and that the EU single market should be kept “on the table”.
Labour has been criticised by, among others, former prime minister Tony Blair, for a perceived lack of clarity in its approach to Brexit.
In Labour’s first major policy statement of the election campaign, the party is signalling it would take a different approach to the two-year process of negotiating the EU’s exit – expected to start in earnest in June.
The Labour also insists there can be no “rolling back” of workplace protections, environmental standards and consumer rights, and no measures to limit the lifespan of any EU-derived laws or directives, such as sunset clauses.
Political analysts were not too impressed by what was said by Sir Keir Starmer. They were not convinced by the migration rules and that the EU single market should be kept “on the table”.
Public reaction was also pretty negative. Some supporters are saying that they will not be voting for Labour at the ballot box.
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