The Labor Party breaks the Brexit taboo in the United Kingdom

The Labor Party has finally broken the taboo of brexit in the British election campaign and has promised to reset relations with the EU and “improve” the agreement negotiated at the time by Boris Johnson and renegotiated by Rishi Sunak. In an interview at Financial TimesKeir Starmer’s right-hand woman for economic affairs, Rachel Reeves, has acknowledged that Labor will seek a “greater alignment” with Brusselsbut has ruled out re-entry and a return to the single market or the customs union.

“We will improve our commercial relations with Europe”declared Reeves, who has anticipated a “less conflictive” relationship than that maintained by successive conservative governments. The aspiring Secretary of the Treasury has assured that she will seek “tailored agreements” for the chemical, veterinary, financial and cultural sectors.

“I don’t think anyone voted to leave the EU because they didn’t agree with the regulations for the chemical sector,” argued Reeves, who campaigned for “remain” in the 2016 referendum. “In my district , people voted to leave solely because of immigration.”

Reeves’ statements provoked immediate reaction in conservative ranks. The former Brexit negotiator David Frost He has stressed that people voted for Brexit “not only to end freedom of movement, but to end the rules made from Brussels.”

Labor and conservatives had until now maintained the so-called Brexit omertain the words of the director of the organization UK in a Changing Europe, Anand Menon: “Labour has had a big lead in the polls without mentioning the relationship with the EU. Why change? There is nervousness in its ranks because Starmer supported permanence and is perceived as ‘vulnerable’ as soon as the issue is mentioned “.

The change in public opinion has been very noticeable in the last 8 years. Day by day58% of Britons are in favor of returning to the EU compared to 42% who defend leaving, according to the average of What UK Thinks polls. According to another Datapoll survey, only one in ten Britons are able to name “a specific benefit” in their lives attributable to Brexit.

In the middle of the campaign, however, until Europeanist Liberal-Democratic Party has given up putting the issue on the table, something that Anand Menon himself attributes to the “fatigue” that exists among the British and the unwillingness to reopen the thunder box: “If the issue of Brexit comes up in meetings with voters, the most frequent reaction is possibly yawning.

Rachel Reeves has, however, broken the law of silence and Keir Starmer himself will surely be forced to detail his plans. His number two, Angela Raynerresponded with a forceful “Never” to the question about possible re-entry into the EU in recent debate. The spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, David Lammyhas anticipated its willingness to negotiate a “security pact” with the EU that includes “economic security and climate change security.”

Reeves has however stressed the limited scope of the review of the Brexit agreement and has recalled the Red lines that is not willing to cross a hypothetical Labor Government: no to entry into the single market, no to the return to the customs union and no freedom of movement. The Labor economic spokesperson has even ruled out the possibility of a youth mobility agreement like the one recently proposed by Brussels (and supported, among others, by the mayor of London Sadiq Khan).

Its main emphasis will therefore be improvements for the financial sector. “Most people don’t see Brexit as a big opportunity for their businesses,” he acknowledged. “People who work in financial services have felt quite excluded from the agreement agreed upon at the time.”

The chemical and veterinary sectors are two other priorities for Labor, which will also seek “an improvement in the rights of British artists touring Europe” (in reference to the obstacles denounced by musicians and their demands for a cultural visa).

Reeves has not delved into the problems created since April by the entry into force of the new Brexit controls for products of animal and plant origin, which have caused customs waits of up to 55 hours. Dutch truckers have threatened to stop delivering to the United Kingdom if controls are not relaxed.

Farage aspires to “be a credible candidate” for prime minister in 2029

Nigel Farage, the populist leader of Reform UK, has assured his intention to become “a credible candidate for prime minister in 2029.” His ambition, for the moment, is confirmed by overtaking to the Conservative Party in the July 4 elections, become leader of the opposition and build “a movement in the next five years” alternative to the two major parties.

“There is a huge disconnect between Labor and the Conservatives with the country as a whole, with its thoughts, its hopes and its aspirations,” Farage said at the launch of Reform UK’s electoral contract. “They are very far from ordinary people and there is no fundamental difference between them.”

Farage also attacked “cultural decline” and the “poisoning” of the minds of young Britons: “We have begun to forget who we are, what our history is and what we stand for.”

The Reform UK leader promised “border control”the imposition of “zero net immigration” and the abandonment of the European Convention on Human Rights. He also demanded the renunciation of the zero emissions goal and the abandonment of climate policies. He advocated for tax cuts and “genuine economic growth” with support for small and medium-sized businesses. He called for increasing defense spending to 3% of GDP and French-style “reorganization” of the National Health Service (NHS).

Farage accused the Conservative governments of not knowing how to capitalize on or manage Brexit and assured that he will fight from his future seat in Westminster (if he manages to defeat the eighth attempt in Clacton) so that the regulations that have survived after the exit are no longer in force. of the EU.

The leader of Reform UK finally claimed to be able to go head to head against Rishi Sunak y Keir Starmer, instead of being relegated to debates between the minority parties. A YouGov poll last week put Reform UK ahead of the Conservative Party in the polls (19% to 18%). Since Farage announced his candidacy two weeks ago, the number of “reformist” activists has grown by 14,000 to reach 45,000.

The entry into the fray has come, however, accompanied by protests. The leader of Reform UK was baptized with a banana milkshake at his first election rally in Clacton and was attacked a week later with wet cement and a cup of coffee as he passed through Barnsley.

By Editor

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