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Smith – £6bn cost of hard Brexit shows why MPs must have a say on UK-EU deal

Commenting on research by The Guardian showing hard Brexit could cost UK exporters £6bn a year in new costs, Owen Smith MP, supporter of Open Britain, said:

“The Government is threatening to leave with no deal with the EU, which threatens only UK manufacturing and industry. These are real jobs and workplaces and this would cause real damage.

“The Government need to start being honest with people about the consequences of their reckless ‘Brexit at any cost’ policy.

“This underlines why it is so essential to have a democratic check and balance at the end of negotiations, with a meaningful vote in Parliament.

“If we give the Government a blank cheque, it will be working people who pay the price.”

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Notes to editors:

The Guardian research is reported here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/20/no-deal-brexit-would-mean-6bn-in-extra-costs-for-uk-exporters.




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