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Sir Keir's plans to ‘make Brexit work’ will do little to halt Tories' ‘toxic’ deal, union warns

SIR KEIR STARMER’S proposals to “make Brexit work” will do little to turn around the Tories’ “toxic” deal with the European Union, white-collar transport union TSSA warned today.

The Labour leader launched a new five-point plan on Monday to address Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit agreement, which he said is “holding back Britain’s stagnant economy.”

Despite spearheading the campaign for a second referendum in his previous post as shadow Brexit secretary, Sir Keir insisted that  under his leadership, Labour would not seek another vote or attempt to re-enter the EU single market or customs union.

However, he called for closer alignment with Brussels on security matters, data protection and scientific innovation.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes, whose union backed the Remain side, said: “Some of the economic malaise now afflicting our country is down to the Tory Brexit deal.

“Rather than being oven-ready, it is proving to be half-baked and toxic. 

“It’s disappointing that Labour is not being bolder on what should be done to reverse the damage.

“Johnson’s Brexit deal will continue to harm our economy, unless an incoming Labour government is prepared to fundamentally change our current relationship with the EU.”

Tory ministers have failed to “use post-Brexit freedoms to abolish VAT on essential goods and services, direct private-sector capital investment and reform public procurement policy,” Communist Party of Britain leader Rob Griffiths pointed out.

He told the Morning Star: “Instead of devolving powers repatriated from Brussels to Scotland, Wales and the English regions, they are stealing industrial and labour market powers from Cardiff and Edinburgh.

“The irony is that the campaign by Starmer and some union leaders to sabotage the EU referendum result handed the [2019] general election, and the implementation of Brexit, to Johnson in the first place.”

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