Brexit: we have to put this country back together again.
This morning David spoke to BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Mark Cummings to give his immediate response to the proposed Brexit deal.
David told Mark that the proposed deal was a ‘fudge’ and that Labour will vote for what is best for the country. You can listen to the full interview here.
“It’s a very technical document, but the reality is that there are lots of fudges in it. We are completely restrained by what the EU wants us do, so we might as well remain a member of the EU as far as I can see. There’s very little freedom of operation.
“I was in Northern Ireland and the Republic last week. And the fact is that unless you’ve got some sort of physical arrangement, like a customs union or whatever you want to call it, there is no possibility of trade not being seriously disrupted.
“The document is very much relating to existing treaty arrangements, and it’s an incredibly intense document, but you get the feeling that we are very much locked into the EU still.
“I can’t see us voting for it because there is a level of unreality about it, as I say it’s a fudge. You have to come up with some permanent arrangement, whereby Northern Ireland and the Republic are allowed to retain their freedom of operation. And the way things are going, I can’t see how this document allows that to be a permanent arrangement.
“We will be voting according to what is the best thing for the country. We cannot defeat this alone. We have to get the SNP and the other minor parties and dare I say we have to get Brexiteers and Tory Europhiles voting alongside us. Now, I think that is going to happen, because I think this is a very poor deal overall, because it’s been stitched together.
“When you tear away the veneer this is not going to solve the problems of the border and it’s going to leave us in a very vulnerable state because this is only the transition deal. How do we get to some permanent arrangement?
“We are now a very divided country and that is one of the real difficulties. Obviously I want a general election, and I don’t mind having an ultimate referendum to decide this. But the idea that this is going to be something that is going to be easily decided is a myth.
We have to put this country back together again. And that can only be achieved with policies that underwrite where the problems are.”