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No faith in feuding Tories’ EU priorities

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FEWER than one in seven people think that the Tories are handling Brexit negotiations well, a new study has found.

Less than a third of people polled thought ministers were prioritising the jobs, wages and living standards of Britain’s workers, according to research carried out for the GMB union published today.

The poll conducted by Survation showed that two-thirds of people thought that leaving the European Union was a distraction from other important issues the country is facing.

A similar number of the 1,000 people questioned thought it unlikely that the NHS would benefit from the infamous £350 million a week promised by right-wing Leave campaigners.

GMB general secretary Tim Roache condemned the government for “doing nothing” to put people’s minds at rest.

He said: “So many people voted for Brexit because the idea of ‘taking back control’ appealed to them — the status quo and how things were going just wasn’t working for them.

“If these negotiations mean fewer good jobs, companies leaving the UK and continued insecurity and uncertainty, it will be because the government has made a hash of it.

“Ministers need to put the needs of working people and communities ahead of their own backbenchers’ obsessive backbiting.”

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady added to Mr Roache’s condemnation, telling PM Theresa May to “stop crossing her fingers and hoping that something will turn up,” urging her to “rise above Cabinet divisions” and to secure “a deal that delivers for ordinary people, across the whole of the UK.”

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