Issue date
22 Sep 2017

Responding to Theresa May’s speech in Florence today (Friday) on Brexit, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Reality has begun to break through into the government’s Brexit strategy as Theresa May finally admits that a smooth transition period is desirable and necessary.

“But the Prime Minister is still pretending we can have our cake and eat it for a long-term deal. She is not levelling with British people about the trade-offs that will be needed.

“We still need a realistic negotiating strategy for how the government will get a long-term deal that protects jobs, rights and livelihoods, and encourages businesses to invest in Britain.”

Editors note
  • The TUC General Council has called for the government to pursue a transitional arrangement that keeps the UK’s single market membership to provide stability until such time as a long-term deal is agreed and implemented. The full statement is here
  • The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.6 million working people who make up our 50 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.

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