Doughty – Government's negotiation with itself is going about as well as its negotiations with EU

Today’s meeting of the Cabinet’s Brexit sub-committee has reportedly ended without agreement over a preferred proposal on customs.

Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

"The Government's negotiation with itself is going about as well as its negotiations with the EU.

"With less than six months to go before the final Brexit deal is supposed to be agreed, Ministers are still fighting among themselves about which of their two discredited customs proposals to persist with. Our European negotiating partners, who have for good reason already dismissed both proposals as unworkable, must be baffled as to what on earth the Government wants.

"Maintaining frictionless trade with Europe and avoiding a hard border in Ireland increasingly appear to be second order issues for this Government. The recklessness and, at times, arrogance of their approach is staggering.  

"Most people are sick of Ministers putting narrow party interest above the national interest in this way. That's why demand is growing for a People's Vote on the final deal, so the public – not just politicians – can express their view on whether it is good enough."

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