Emily Thornberry, shadow secretary of state for international trade, questioned whether it “makes sense” to devote “all this energy” to making international deals after Brexit. Greg Hands, Minister of State for Trade Policy, lashed out at the Labor MP for her comments, and Express.co.uk readers have made their voices heard.
Ms Thornberry told an event at the Institute for Government that her “top priority” would be to “fix the great trade deal with the European Union“.
The Labor MP voted in favor of the EU / UK trade deal on December 30.
She told the conference: “I think in terms of priorities for trade deals, I would start by trying to fix the trade deal we already have with the European Union.
“I really think our priority should be that, rather than spending time trying to get smaller trade deals that make very little difference.”
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Ms Thornberry also said she would focus on the EU rather than other deals, such as entering the comprehensive and phased £ 9 trillion deal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
In response, Mr Hands lambasted Ms Thornberry for her comments and said that despite Sir Keir Starmer’s claim that Labor has accepted Brexit and moved on, its ‘best team continues to focus on old divisions’.
He added: “It is beyond belief that the trade chief of Labor is saying that we should not waste energy on trade deals with the rest of the world and instead focus on the EU – with whom we have. already a trade agreement.
“It shows that even now Starmer Labor refuse to believe in Britain’s potential to forge new trade and jobs with our allies across the world and continue to focus solely on trade with the EU. . “
Respond to a Express.co.uk story, readers have shot at the Labor Party because of Ms Thornberry’s comments.
One said: “Thornberry just wants the UK to join the EU single market and customs union as a precursor to its EU membership.
“A big chance of that!” “
Another reader added, “Thornberry is awesome. She and some of her buddies will keep Labor out of power forever. “
In a scathing assessment of the Labor Party under Sir Keir, readers said the party must “be wiped out at the next GE”.
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One reader said: ‘Despite what Starmer is saying, his Labor Party did not agree to Brexit and moved on.
“With several key people in his best team still looking to bring the country back to the EU, they will never be eligible.
“If they want to be relevant in British politics again, they have to rebuild themselves from top to bottom and vice versa.
“However, there are too many who would be on their backs to let this happen.
“If I were him, I would give up being a member of Parliament and become a lawyer again.
Another Express.co.uk The reader said of Labor: “How it would have been different if all of the HOC had supported democratic voting, but oh no for them, the voters are too stupid and only politicians know what is best.
In March, Sir Keir told Hartlepool voters “we are looking forward, not back” on Brexit.
He said: “The referendum took place five years ago now. We left the EU.
“There are no cases of reinstatement. We want to make our outing a success.
But under Jeremy Corbyn in 2019, Sir Keir backed a second Brexit referendum.
In June 2020, the Labor Together report on the 2019 elections concluded that the second referendum policy had made a major contribution to the party’s defeat “from a country a mile away”.