Umunna – Vague Queen’s Speech will do nothing to protect jobs and living standards

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain and Chair of Vote Leave Watch, said: 

“The Government are acting as if the General Election did not happen. Earlier this month, the British public rejected Theresa May’s plan for a hard Brexit, and she has no mandate now to pursue one. A softer and more consensual approach is needed. 

“The ultimate test of this Queen’s Speech is whether or not it helps to deliver a Brexit that protects jobs and living standards, and delivers the ‘exact same benefits’ as Single Market and Customs Union membership, as Ministers have repeatedly promised. But the vagueness of today’s proposals make this impossible to judge.

“This Queen’s Speech has done nothing to change my view that the best economic future for Britain is to remain part of the Single Market and the Customs Union after we leave the EU.”

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Notes to editors:

An Open Britain background note on the Brexit bills included in the Queen’s Speech is here: http://openbrita.in/jNsVQ5