Sir Keir Starmer. Would you rather have Brexit negotiated by this respected lawyer, or by “weak and wobbly” Theresa May, BoJo the International Clown, and bar-room slimeball David Davis?

Theresa May spends a lot of time fearmongering that the UK should not send Jeremy Corbyn “naked and alone” into the Brexit negotiating chamber – but in fact it is the highly-respected Sir Keir Starmer who would negotiate Brexit for a Labour government.

He has made it clear that – unlike Mrs May – he would seek a democratic Brexit, with the devolved governments of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales having a say on what we need.

Much has been made of Labour’s policy on immigration – which is surprising, because Labour’s policy is common sense. Labour would allow immigration according to the UK’s need. Amber Rudd criticised that on the BBC debate yesterday (May 31), indicating that the Tories’ ‘hard Brexit’ would harm our economic effectiveness.

Unlike the Tories, Labour would ensure the legal status of EU nationals living in the UK – and would seek to ensure the status of UK nationals in the EU – setting a comradely tone right from the start.

Let’s see what else he has to say:

A Labour Government will take a different approach – resetting our relationship with the EU, rejecting no deal as a viable option and setting out new negotiating priorities that have a strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the single market and the customs union.

Our ambition should be to establish and agree a new positive and meaningful relationship with our EU colleagues. We share a common history, common values and a common interest in meeting challenges such as climate change, terrorism, security and safety together. We have a common interest in collaborating on issues such as cutting edge medical research, art, culture, science and technology together.

Labour’s pledge to provide certainty for EU nationals living in the UK and prioritise reciprocal arrangements for UK citizens living in the EU27 will help set the right tone from the start.

But we also need to re-set the whole agenda. Our priority should be jobs and the economy. Getting the right trading arrangements for the future will underpin our prosperity as a nation. That does not mean ducking the immigration question, but it does mean avoiding false promises to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands. That discredited approach, reiterated by Theresa May in this election campaign, undermines public confidence in immigration control and threatens economic harm.

Labour would also scrap the Great Repeal Bill and ensure there is no drop in workers’ rights, consumer rights, human rights or environmental protections as a result of Brexit. And we will have the confidence to bring Parliament into the Brexit process, not push it away, and to work with the devolved administrations to make sure Brexit works for all parts of the country.

Source: EXCLUSIVE: ‘We’ll give Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales their say on Brexit’ says Keir Starmer

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