Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said:
“Theresa May’s Brexit deal is now dead. It has been rejected by the House of Commons three times. Its demise is testament to the Prime Minister’s failure to act as a national rather than a Party leader. Her efforts to reach out beyond the ranks of the Tory hard right have been too little and too late.

“It is now beyond urgent that politicians of all parties agree on a new approach. Uncertainty is costing jobs and investment. Britain’s economic future is being held hostage by political paralysis.

“The deadlock can only be broken by a General Election or by a free vote across the Commons on the range of options available. On Monday, MPs should agree a new approach based around a Customs Union between Britain and the European Union.

“I would very much hope that those MPs in all parties who did not support this common sense solution to the crisis in this week’s indicative vote will do so in a free vote on Monday.

“In particular, I would urge the Scottish National Party, supported as it is by many working people in Scotland, to vote to put economic security, jobs and prosperity first.”


For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 / 07967 665869 or email alex.flynn@unitetheunion.org

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.