Unite: Only a Labour Brexit will protect jobs

Welcoming the shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer’s commitment to proposing tariff-free access to a single market to the House of Commons during the passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said it demonstrated that only the Labour party could be trusted to defend the jobs and living standards of working people through the Brexit process.

He said: “This move signals that only Labour understands the vital importance of tariff-free access to a single market in order to support trade and sustain jobs.

“We urge the Prime Minister to drop her calamitous red lines because a Tory Brexit puts the jobs and livelihoods of working people in severe jeopardy.

“If investment flees this country it is because there have been two wasted years since the vote because the Tories have been negotiating and warring with themselves.

“This issue is simply too important for our nation’s future to be determined by Tory squabbling.

“We need a government that puts the interests of the people, not narrow party interests, first.  On Brexit, Labour is doing just that.”