The country’s largest union, Unite, has said today (Wednesday 6 June) that only the Labour party can be trusted to defend the jobs and living standards of the UK people through the Brexit process. 

Welcoming the shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer’s commitment to proposing tariff-free access to a single market to the House of Commons during the passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill, Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite the union, said: 
  
"This move signals that only Labour understands the vital importance of tariff-free access to a single market in order to support trade and sustain jobs. 
  
"We urge the Prime Minister to drop her calamitous red lines because a Tory Brexit puts the jobs and livelihoods of working people in severe jeopardy. 
  
“If investment flees this country it is because there have been two wasted years since the vote because the Tories have been negotiating and warring with themselves. 
  
"This issue is simply too important for our nation’s future to be determined by Tory squabbling.  
  
“We need a government that puts the interests of the people, not narrow party interests, first.  On Brexit, Labour is doing just that." 

ENDS 

For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Pauline Doyle on 07976 832 861 

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Notes to editors     
   
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.