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GMB COMMENTS ON BREXIT COURT DEFEAT FOR UK GOVERNMENT

Thursday, November 3, 2016

EU Referendum Vote Did Not Give Government A Blank Cheque, Union Says

GMB, Britain’s General Union, has today warned that the manner of Brexit has to be made in the national interest and cannot be left to the internal factions of the Conservative Party.

The comments came as the High Court ruled Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU.

GMB is a campaigning trade union representing over 640,000 public and private sector workers across the UK.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:

"The referendum vote has to be respected and acted on, but there are a vast number of different roads ahead to get to Brexit. It's crucial that Parliament and the country as a whole discusses the options, assess the risks and be aware of the implications for jobs, rights, and the cost of living."

"Voters did not give the Government a blank cheque. The manner of Brexit has to be made in the national interest and it can't just be left to the internal factions of the Tory Party. GMB will be pushing for a seat at the negotiating table to represent the views of members and to ensure they are protected from the threats and challenges lying ahead."

ENDS

GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

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