Moving the TUC general council statement on Brexit at TUC conference today (Sunday 8 September), Steve Turner unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing, will warn prime minister Johnson that he will be held personally responsible for every job lost in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Challenging Johnson to go to workplaces at risk because of a no deal Brexit, Steve Turner will accuse the prime minister of being: “A man hell bent on ditching convention and rewriting the rules, even destroying his own party, in pursuit of his ideological drive to take us out of the European Union on 31 October without a deal.

“And we know why Johnson and the rest of his ‘Eton mess’ wants to leave the European Union.

“To slash workers’ rights, undermine environmental standards and remove consumer protections.

“To open up our NHS to big US corporations and to transform the UK into an even lower-tax, free-market economy. A Singapore off the shores of Europe.

“We also know that their gateway to this destructive fantasy is a no-deal Brexit.

“So in the face of this our statement is clear - it doesn’t matter how you voted in 2016. Leave or remain, nobody voted for a no deal Brexit that will be a catastrophic disaster for working people.”

He will then go on to throw down the gauntlet to Johnson saying: “I want to challenge Johnson to come with me, anytime, to Vauxhall at Ellesmere Port, to Toyota or the Port of Dover, to any hospital or care home reliant on doctors, nurses, porters and cleaners from across the globe and tell them it’ll be alright on the night.

“He won’t because it won’t and he knows it.”

In a call to arms he will conclude: “Comrades we won’t win the coming election in the letters page of the Guardian or an FT editorial.

“We need to get down and dirty, talking honestly to our people in their voices and with a passion we haven’t shown for far too long.

“To win we need to inspire and motivate, give our reps, our members and friends the arguments and the confidence to take our message of hope and opportunity, of a new politics and fair economy into every workplace, onto every bus, down the pub, in our homes and across our communities.

“Comrades we’re entering the fight of our lives, there are few niceties and fewer rules.

“The team sheets published and it’s game on.”

For more information journalists only please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 07967 665869

Notes to editors:

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