Labour MEPs will warn the European Parliament that Brexit will be the “mother of all divorce cases” and will be “disastrous” if done hastily, reiterating how the UK government remains divided on membership of the single market, one of the biggest issues to be resolved.
MEPs will debate the future of the EU today, and the challenges it faces, following European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s annual State of the Union address.
Neena Gill, Labour MEP for the West Midlands said;
“Brexit is just one of a number of challenges that Europe faces at this moment. But this will be a difficult divorce and if done hastily will be disastrous.
“There is a huge list of issues that need to be settled, and every day new problems are discovered that were never mentioned by Brexit proponents in the run up to the referendum.
“The British government still has no clue as to what it wants to achieve on most of these issues, which is why it has not triggered article 50 or even set a date for when it might”
“Arguably the most significant issue is whether it will try to continue to be part of the single market, in which case it will have to follow the same rules as everyone else for that market, or it will leave it entirely, in which case Britain will face tariff barriers and regulatory obstacles to its main export market, vital to its economy.
“This is an unpalatable choice, and one on which the government is divided.
“Whichever way the government comes off the fence on this has huge implications for Britain and Europe - and could also see many Leave voters complain that that is not what they were told, nor what they voted for.
“Brexit is not a settled issue, neither at European level, nor in Britain, where calls for a re-think of the whole issue will continue to grow.”