UK GENERAL ELECTION 2017: LABOR’S TO SCRAP MAY’S BREXIT PLANS IF THEY WIN ELECTIONS

London, – UK Labor Party says it would scrap Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU residents before talks start, if they win power.

It would also seek an early deal on transitional arrangements to smooth the way for the UK’s departure in 2019, according to BBC.

In Labor’s first major policy statement of the election campaign, the party is signaling it would take a different approach to the two-year process of negotiating the EU’s exit – expected to start in earnest in June.

It says it would scrap May’s Brexit plan – outlined in a White Paper in February – which envisages leaving the single market and customs union.

It will also focus on a deal that “retains the benefits” of both organizations and guarantee the legal status of the three million EU nationals living in the UK on its first day in office.

In turn, Labor will press for a reciprocal guarantee for the 1.2 million Britons living on the continent.

Labor also insists there can be no “rolling back” of workplace protections, environmental standards and consumer rights, and no measures to limit the lifespan of any EU-derived laws or directives, such as sunset clauses.

Speaking on BBC today, Sir Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and a labor member of the British Parliament, criticized the prime minister’s “rigid” approach, and said offering an immediate, unilateral guarantee to EU nationals living in the UK would be “received as a very welcome message” by Brussels negotiators and help “reset the tone” of talks.

In response, the Conservatives said Jeremy Corbyn was a “weak leader of a divided party who could not get the right deal for the UK”.

The Conservatives insist that they have a clear plan for exiting the EU. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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