Source: Labour List UK
Ed Miliband has accused the government of “trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes to pretend no deal doesn’t mean no deal” after the Prime Minister told the country to prepare for an “Australia-style” relationship with the European Union.
Commenting on the prospect of a ‘no-deal’ exit from the European bloc, the Shadow Business Secretary this morning warned that leaving without a comprehensive trade deal would have “serious economic consequences”.
His intervention today comes after government minister Alok Sharma was forced to admit during an LBC interview that an Australia-style plan is code for a no-deal outcome. He told listeners that it was a matter of “semantics”.
Reacting to the Business Secretary’s comments, Miliband said: “A ‘no deal’ might just be semantics for Alok Sharma, but it’s not semantics for the manufacturers, farmers and many businesses across the country who have been clear that it could have serious economic consequences for them.
“The government is trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes to pretend no deal doesn’t mean no deal. The Business Secretary should be listening to businesses and pulling out all the stops to deliver the deal ministers promised was oven ready, not dismissing their concerns.”