Source: Labour List UK
Labour’s Matthew Pennycook has declared that leaving the European Union without a free trade agreement would be “disastrous for British businesses” amid reports of divides on the Labour frontbench over supporting a deal.
In an interview with Sky News this morning, the shadow minister for climate change was asked about reports that at least one shadow cabinet member would consider resigning if MPs are told to vote with the government.
Sky News’ Kay Burley asked: “A report in The Times this morning is suggesting at least one frontbench shadow minister [and] several shadow ministers will vote against and potentially resign if Labour supports the government’s free trade agreement for the EU – are you one of them?”
Pennycook replied: “Let’s just start by stepping back one second and saying there isn’t an agreement, you’re presuming there is. I really hope there is.”
UK government sources briefed last night that the chances of a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU were receding, as they claimed that EU negotiators had introduced fresh demands into the talks at the eleventh hour.