Commenting on the decision by the Supreme Court judges to uphold the view of the High Court, that the government must consult parliament before it triggers Article 50 in preparation to exit the UK from the European Union, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “In what is the most profound issue facing our country since the second world war, it is correct that our elected representatives will be able to scrutinise the government’s Brexit plans. The Supreme Court judges made the right decision for the people of this country.
“There has been scant detail in prime minister Theresa May’s statements to date. What she has said on workers’ rights has been ambiguous and her declaration that the country would not seek access to the single market is shocking.
“It is now for our MPs to hold the government to account. They must defend workers’ rights, both now and from future Conservative party threats. Their job now is to ensure that government pursues the best deal possible for working people and our communities, not one to please the hard right of the Tory party.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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.