Labour to vote against May’s Brexit deal

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Sky News reports that the UK Labour Party will vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the party has confirmed ahead of its conference debate on a “People’s Vote”.

The shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer MP will tell delegates in Liverpool that Labour will vote down a “blind Brexit”. “No ifs, no buts,” he will declare in his speech in the Brexit debate at Labour’s conference.

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“The party that once promised to fix the roof while the sun was shining now seems intent on burning the whole house down.”

Sir Keir will claim the government’s Brexit deal has yet to meet the Labour Party’s six tests, despite the PM promising she was determined to meet them. Ahead of the debate in Liverpool, Sir Keir published a Labour dossier which he claims shows how the Tories’ Brexit proposals are failing to meet the tests.

Labour claims its analysis reveals the Chequers proposals currently put jobs, the economy, people’s livelihoods and no hard border in Northern Ireland at risk. The Chequers deal is the cabinet agreement to ask the EU to maintain, post-Brexit, common rules and existing borderless free trade in goods and agriculture, but not services.

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