Umunna – Ministers are insufficiently prepared & have insufficient time for next phase of Brexit talks

Commenting on the European Council’s decision that “sufficient progress” has been made in the first phase of Brexit negotiations, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Eighteen months after the EU referendum, the Government have only just managed to make progress on three initial Brexit issues. After months of grandstanding, they are now being confronted with the sheer complexity and monumental costs that Brexit entails. They are insufficiently prepared, and they have insufficient time.

“Contrary to the claims of Brexiters who said that trade talks would begin speedily, we now won’t be able to discuss the future relationship until March at the absolute earliest. And the Cabinet has still yet to even discuss – let alone agree on – what form of relationship it wants the UK and the EU to have.

“The clock is ticking, and we are far away from anything resembling a deal. Brexit is intractable and complicated, far more so than people were told at the time of the referendum. Voters have the right to keep an open mind about whether this is really the best future for our country.”