Sir Keir Starmer would give Scotland, NI and Wales a say on Brexit

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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9 thoughts on “Sir Keir Starmer would give Scotland, NI and Wales a say on Brexit

  1. Joan Edington

    I would certainly like to see that. However, even if May’s latest polling figures, showing that she might not get her overall majority, are accurate, Starmer would still not be the negotiator. That obviously won’t happen unless Labour suddenly generates an overall majority of their own or forms official coalitions. I can’t see either happening, unfortunately.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      In a Labour government, Starmer would be the negotiator. That’s all this article has to say about that.
      With the Tory lead down to three points in an unweighted poll and a week to go, I think a Labour majority is a distinct possibility.

  2. Barry Davies

    If Labour win Starmer would leave us in the eu in all but name paying the illegal demand of a divorce payment, then continuing to pay out to be in the single market, with freedom of movement and all the other benefits the eu citizens have discriminatory rights over the rest of the nations, this outcome would be a complete and utter disaster for the nation.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      What utter rubbish.
      Can you point us to evidence that Sir Keir has said this? No, because he hasn’t said it.
      Please do not send us your own wish list and try to pass it off as fact.

  3. Dez

    Actually sounds sensible way forward for all interested parties as opposed to current kamikaze Cons thinking. Would probably suit JC who has a thing about fairness and involvement of all. Yes Mother T makes a big thing about these negotiations being led by her at the front but you make the valid point we have a hired gun professional fronting this and thankfully the shrinking violet will not be anywhere near the front line…..

  4. Graeme Purves

    What does giving the devolved Governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland “a say on what we need” actually mean in practice? Will Labour commit to a differential settlement for Scotland which respects the strong majority in Scotland for remaining in the EU?

  5. Zippi

    Only the future will tell us what the future holds. I just want a fair immigration policy, for all non U.K. nationals. There is talk of common history, common values and common interests; was this not true of the Commonwealth? Where is the Commonwealth in this equation? Having links with both organisations could be hugely advantageous to the U.K., if only we would stop putting all of our focus on the E.U.

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