The Prime Minister has been slammed for declaring that she is taking Britain out of the Single Market and denying the British people a say on any final Brexit deal.
Ed Davey sharply criticised Theresa May, describing the decision as
- Bad for jobs.
- Bad for political influence.
Whilst branding Labour inaction as lamentable, it was Theresa May's Conservatives that bore the brunt of Davey's ire. Describing the Single Market exit as Tory-UKIP policy, Davey condemned the impact on British jobs and influence
"Companies, if they trade in Europe, are going to have to abide by the rules of the Single European Market, and the goods they we import from Europe will be manufactured according to those rules.
But we won't have had a voice about those rules. We wouldn't have had a vote on those rules.
So much for taking back control!
The truth is that Leave lied to us, and this Tory-UKIP government is implementing those lies."
This is Nigel Farage's plan - lock, stock and barrel
Tim Farron said:
"Theresa May has confirmed Britain is heading for a Hard Brexit. She claimed people voted to Leave the Single Market. They didn’t. She has made the choice to do massive damage to the British economy.
“Theresa May also made clear that she will deny the people a vote on the final deal. So instead of a democratic decision by the people in the country, she wants a stitch-up by politicians in Westminster. The people voted for departure, they should be given a vote on the destination.
This is a theft of democracy.
“This speech was a mixture of vague fantasies and toothless threats to our nearest neighbours. At the moment Britain needs friends more than ever, she has succeeded in uniting the rest of Europe against her.
“When it comes to British prosperity and British democracy, she is waiving the white flag from the White Cliffs of Dover.
"Only the Liberal Democrats are fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united, and are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit government."