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May Must Wake Up to Wilful Brexit Destruction

21 May 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has described Theresa May's latest offer on Brexit as "a desperate last throw of the Brexit dice which gives no real guarantees on jobs, workers' rights or future customs arrangements."

May's statement – setting out details of a series of compromises designed to try to win support of MPs – comes as the OECD Economic Outlook forecasts sluggish UK growth of 1.2 per cent this year, slowing to 1 per cent in 2020.

Manuel Cortes said the statement was “a desperate last throw of the Brexit dice which gives no real guarantees on jobs, workers’ rights or the shape and longevity of future customs arrangements.”

He added: “Our Prime Minister is in office but certainly not in power. This government has run its race, it’s out of steam and ideas. The country simply can't go on like this. Whatever fate awaits Brexit, we clearly need a general election and a new government.

“Sadly, we have British Steel teetering on the brink and in recent days our union’s members in Thomas Cook - predominantly low-paid women - also face losing their jobs because of Brexit.

“It's high time our political class woke up to what is wilful destruction of our economy. May's Brexit deal must be put to a confirmatory vote – without further hurdles - so we can draw a line under this damaging Brexit saga.”

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