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Keir Starmer in Brussels to warn about risks of a blind Brexit

“A blind Brexit could prolong business uncertainty and provide insufficient guarantees to protect jobs, the economy and rights. Whether you voted leave or remain, nobody voted for the purgatory of permanent negotiations.”

The Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer will travel to Brussels today for meetings with EU officials and to warn against the dangers of a ‘blind Brexit’.

Any Brexit deal put before Parliament will contain two elements: a withdrawal agreement and a political declaration setting out the future framework between the UK and EU.

However, Tory divisions and months of deadlock on the withdrawal agreement have left little time to negotiate or agree a robust and comprehensive deal on the future framework.

The Shadow Brexit Secretary will today insist that the future framework must meet Theresa May and Dominic Raab’s commitment for a “detailed”, “precise” and “substantive” document.

He will say the agreement must – at a minimum – provide detailed answers on future trade, customs, immigration, security, research and collaboration. He will also make clear that Labour will vote in Parliament against a ‘blind Brexit’.

Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, said “This is crunch time in the Brexit negotiations. Yet government divisions and delays mean that little time has been spent debating what our future trading and security relationship will be after Brexit.

“Months of deadlock in Theresa May’s Government mean we’re facing continued uncertainty and the prospect of years of further negotiations over our future relationship with the EU.

“A blind Brexit could prolong business uncertainty and provide insufficient guarantees to protect jobs, the economy and rights. Whether you voted leave or remain, nobody voted for the purgatory of permanent negotiations.

“Theresa May and Dominic Raab promised that the Brexit deal put before Parliament will be ‘detailed, precise and substantive’. That is exactly what Labour expects and what I will be discussing in Brussels. If the final deal it is anything less than the Government has promised, Labour will not support it.”