Labour was the first of the main political parties to release their official manifesto, after a draft version was leaked last week in a major embarrassment for the opposition.
The document definitively outlines Labour’s position on Brexit – a welcome move for Labour supporters after weeks of suggestions that the party has failed to provide a clear stance on the issue.
Finally setting Labour’s stance in stone, the manifesto pledges to negotiate ‘a Brexit deal that puts our economy and living standards first,’ warning that: ‘we cannot put at risk our links with our largest trading partner. Instead we need a jobs-first Brexit that allows us to upgrade.’
These are Labour’s main Brexit promises:
A final vote for Parliament on the final deal
Labour is clear that their approach to Brexit with involve a Parliamentary vote on any final Brexit deal. Their manifesto involves a ‘guarantee that Parliament has a truly meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal.’
No leaving without a deal
This is an issue on which Labour is directly at loggerheads with the Tories. Labour pledges that they would not take Britain out of the EU without a deal, promising: ‘We will reject ‘no deal’ as a viable option and if needs be negotiate transitional arrangements to avoid a ‘cliff-edge’ for the UK economy.’
Scrap the Tories’ White Paper
Labour would abandon Theresa May’s negotiating strategy entirely, cooking up an entirely new set of priorities to take to the negotiating table.
The party promises: ‘We will scrap the Conservatives’ Brexit White Paper and replace it with fresh negotiating priorities that have a strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Union – which are essential for maintaining industries, jobs and businesses in Britain.’
Guaranteed rights for EU nationals
Labour has been vocal in its condemnation of Theresa May’s failure to guarantee the rights of EU Nationals currently living in Britain.
Their pledge reads: ‘A Labour government will immediately guarantee existing rights for all EU nationals living in Britain and secure reciprocal rights for UK citizens who have chosen to make their lives in EU countries.’
Tear up the Great Repeal Bill
Jeremy Corbyn wants to replace the Conservatives’ Great Repeal Bill with an EU Rights and Protections Bill. This, they say, will protect the rights of workers and consumers, and prevent change to equality and environmental protections.