Mandelson – May’s speech just kicked the can down the road

Commenting on Theresa May’s speech in Florence today, Peter Mandelson, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Fifteen months after the Brexit vote the only sound that can be heard is of a can being kicked down the road.

“The Prime Minister wants Britain to simultaneously enjoy all the benefits of EU membership for two more years but still quit the EU in 2019. 

“The clock is ticking and yet there was not a single specific proposal about what the Government wants to achieve in the long term, talking about a transition without saying what we are transitioning to. 

“Pushing the cliff-edge back by two years is no substitute for a well-thought through negotiating strategy. It is hard to see how this will break the deadlock with the EU or advance the negotiations in any meaningful way.

“The speech was littered with yet more broken Brexit promises. From trade to timing, from budget contributions to borders, from sovereignty to security, there is barely a Leave pledge intact.

“As it becomes more and more obvious that the Government is not going to deliver what the Leavers promised, the public should keep an open mind about where all this is leading and what it means for jobs and living standards in Britain.”