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Brexit Cracks Revealed as EU Ambassador Quits

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

 

‘People just want to know what kind of Britain they will be living in’ union claims.

The shock resignation of the Britain’s ambassador to the EU highlights a worrying lack of any kind of plan as Brexit looms, according to GMB.

Sir Ivan Rogers suddenly stepped down yesterday – citing a ‘short supply’ of negotiating experience and warning staff about ‘muddled thinking’ in his farewell email. [1]

The senior diplomat’s resignation reveals a lack of experience and structure at the highest level of the Brexit negotiations, which will be crucial to ensuring that the interests of GMB Members and British public at large are properly protected and promoted in the forthcoming negotiations.

Kathleen Walker Shaw, GMB’s European Officer, said:

“This growing uncertainty and exodus of experience, and apparent reluctance of senior Government figures to want to listen to hard truths, makes it more compelling than ever for the Government to come clean on what its plans are for the negotiations ahead of launching Article 50.

“Theresa May must open up debate and input from a wider range of expertise, including close co-operation with trade unions at all levels, to ensure that jobs, social and employment rights and economic security and living standards are protected and improved.

“People simply want to know what sort of Britain we are going to be living in in two years’ time – is that so strange?”

ENDS

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

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/03/uk-ambassador-to-eu-quits-amid-brexit-row

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