Sir Keir Starmer has been hesitant to discuss Brexit in the past over concerns that Labor could further alienate Eurosceptic voters. The opposition leader will deliver a closed-door speech at the Center for European Reform think tank on Monday, in which he will use the ailing economy to criticize Boris Johnson.
According to the Financial Times, Starmer will pledge to “invest in our people and our places and deliver on our country’s promise.”
He will also pledge to “seize the opportunities Britain has, resolve the bad deal Boris Johnson signed and end Brexit divisions once and for all”.
However, the Remain-supporting former Shadow Brexit secretary will also target the Prime Minister due to the Northern Ireland Protocol and the poor relationship between the UK and the European Union.
The Labor leader will say: “We will make the Protocol work and we will make it the stepping stone to a better deal for the British people.”
He is also ready to promise to “break down unnecessary barriers”.
Mr Starmer is buoyed by emerging information that the majority of the public believe Brexit has negatively impacted the economy.
In his speech, the Labor leader will say the Conservatives have “created a colossal ‘fatberg’ of bureaucracy” and will compare Johnson’s Brexit deal to “wet wipe island” in the River Thames.
He will add: “It hinders the flow of British business – we will break that barrier.”
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The Holborn & St Pancras MP will add: “The reason I say this is simple. Nothing about revising those ranks will help boost growth or lower food prices or help British business thrive in the modern world.”
New data has emerged that has separated the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy and the impact of Brexit, showing that the UK faltered in trade and investment compared to other G7 countries.
A UK survey conducted by Ipsos showed that since June 2021 there has been a steady increase in the number of Britons who believe Brexit has negatively impacted their everyday lives.
This has recently risen to 45 percent, and only 17 percent say their lives have improved.
The Conservatives will accuse Starmer and his five-point plan of trying to undo the work they’ve done and undo elements of Britain’s departure from the Brussels bloc.