Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is facing pressure from some of his party MPs who want him to support changes to the Brexit trade deal agreement that was sealed on December 31
“Another Europe is Possible” group in its recent report outlined what it described as a series of critical failings in Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal with the EU.
The group titled its report, “The fundamental problems in the UK-EU trade deal and how it can be reformed”. The report points to risk and uncertainty for jobs and investment arising from the potential for tariffs on UK exports if Westminster uses Brexit to deregulate.
It also pointed out that the Brexit deal has crippled food exports and barriers to trade resulting from a lack of agreement on food and animal welfare regulation… while warning that there are major structural problems in Northern Irish supply chains on food and medical supplies as a result of the UK leaving the Single Market.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann has recently expressed concern over the supply of medicines to the region as a result of a possible Brexit regulatory barrier to secure stock from the UK mainland.
Following the rules of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Northern Ireland and Great Britain are to operate under different regulations for medicines and medical related items.
The ‘Another Europe is Possible’ report suggested that the UK develop a new and progressive relationship with the EU and also recommends a couple of actions to help Britain rebuild its relationship with the EU.
It wants the UK to harmonisation its rules with EU standards, with a no-downgrading principle written into future deals and a mutual rights agreement for UK and EU citizens to reinstate free movement rights.
In the group’s opinion, the UK ministers need to promote a democratic economy, with state investment and industrial strategy sitting alongside strong protections against cronyism. Following the effect of the Brexit rules, Labour leader Mr Starmer, a Europhile, was critized by some MPs in his party for not speaking out strongly against the damaging effects the rule has had on the nation’s economy.
Labour MP for Nottingham East, Nadia Whittome, said, “This important new report shows what a disastrous trade deal the Conservatives have struck with the EU, and why we shouldn’t back away from campaigning for an alternative.
“We need a deal that is committed to high regulation, protects manufacturing jobs and restores citizens rights and freedom of movement. This isn’t about defending the status quo, but delivering the treaty we need to transition to an environmentally sustainable and democratic economy.”