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Keir Starmer
Excuse the long thread, but I have looked carefully at the negotiated by Boris Johnson. Here is my analysis: 1/
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Keir Starmer Oct 17
Replying to @Keir_Starmer
Labour’s concerns with Theresa May’s deal were not principally about the backstop. They were about the Political Declaration and our future relationship with the EU after Brexit. 2/
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Keir Starmer Oct 17
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Having reviewed what has been agreed, it is clear that the Johnson deal is a far worse deal than Theresa May’s deal. It paves the way for a decade of deregulation. It gives Johnson licence to slash workers’ rights, environmental standards and consumer protections. 3/
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Keir Starmer Oct 17
Replying to @Keir_Starmer
Rather than strengthening the Political Declaration (PD) along the lines Labour argued, the political direction of travel under Johnson is to a distant economic relationship with the EU. It rules out a new Customs Union and a close future relationship with the Single Market. 4/
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Keir Starmer Oct 17
Replying to @Keir_Starmer
This inevitably means there will be new trade barriers with the EU and additional checks at borders. The PD is explicit about this. And the Johnson deal makes it easier for a Tory Government to cut rights and standards. 5/
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Keir Starmer Oct 17
Replying to @Keir_Starmer
On services, the PD offers nothing beyond the weak provisions in the Theresa May deal. Nor has there been any progress on the question of agencies and our future security relationship. 6/
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Keir Starmer Oct 17
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The level playing field commitments are significantly weaker: no longer building on the measures in the old Withdrawal Agreement, which provided for dynamic alignment in certain areas. 7/
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Keir Starmer Oct 17
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Instead, the level playing field provisions only last until the end of transition with a warning shot from the EU about the impact this will have on (reduced) access to EU markets. 8/
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Keir Starmer Oct 17
Replying to @Keir_Starmer
Labour will not support a flawed Brexit deal that harms jobs, rights and living standards. This deal will unquestionably do that. 9/
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Keir Starmer Oct 17
Replying to @Keir_Starmer
Labour cannot support this deal. If Boris Johnson has confidence in his deal, he should put it back to the people in a public vote against remain - and that is an argument we will be making on Saturday. 10/
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savva🇬🇧🇺🇸 Oct 17
Replying to @Keir_Starmer
It’s game over. The public will never forgive you if you scupper this.
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Simon Allison Oct 17
Sorry. The public will never forgive Parliament if it votes it through. It is a million miles from the Leave 2016 promises of the best deal ever and continued market access. It will diminish the UK for ever, economically and so militarily too.
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