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Unite chief welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit speech

Unite chief welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit speech

26 February 2018

Len McCluskey, the leader of Britain and Ireland’s largest union Unite, welcomed today’s (Monday 26 February) speech by Jeremy Corbyn on Brexit, saying it showed that people have a clear choice between a Labour Brexit putting people first, or a Tory Brexit that puts its own party interests above those of the nation.

Commenting, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Jeremy Corbyn has shown that people really do have a choice on Brexit.

“On the one hand, there is Labour which has pledged to build on the trading arrangements presently supporting millions of jobs in this country. A Corbyn government will also make it a priority to tackle the greedy bosses who have abused migrant workers to undermine employment conditions and attack the rate for the job.

“On the other hand, there are the Tories who are quite clearly putting their own party interests above those of the nation.

“This excellent speech today will also appeal to the employers with whom I speak to on a daily basis, and who tell me that the chronic uncertainty brought about by the government is causing the investment tap to be turned off.

“Jobs, living standards and sustaining peace in Norther Ireland desperately depend on getting the best Brexit deal possible.  But this government is clearly incapable of agreeing among itself let alone with our European neighbours on the shape of our future. 

“The sooner that they are gone and Labour can get on with the job of restoring our standing as a country and deliver on our hopes for a fairer nation, the better.”

ENDS

For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

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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.