Published On: Wed, Dec 30th, 2020

No Holding Back’s Trickett gave up Christmas to read entire EU-UK deal. Here’s his report

New report by working-class Labour MP exposes Tory give-away in Brexit deal – but highlights agreement itself has provision for future Labour government to change it – but Keir Starmer has just rejected the option

The No Holding Back (NHB) group of Labour working-class MPs and activists has published its analysis of the Tories’ agreement with the European Union – and it exposes the Tory give-away of the nation’s public assets that the report bakes in.

The NHB report highlights the ‘competition’ rules that are set to open up all the UK’s public sector to privatisation – and make it hard for any future left-wing government to enact real change.

Hard, but not impossible.

NHB also points out that the UK/EU agreement itself contains a provision that entitles the UK to review and agree changes to the agreement every five years – meaning that Labour’s next general election manifesto could include a commitment to do just that, for the sake of the nation and the services the UK public relies upon – and NHB calls on Labour to do it:

But Keir Starmer has just publicly thrown away the chance.

The Labour leader has said that Labour will not try to make any major changes to the UK’s agreement with the EU:

Many Labour MPs representing working-class, leave-supporting constituencies will feel obliged to vote for Boris Johnson’s deal – but will do so on the basis that a future Labour government can and must change it to something that will not tie its hands from restoring the UK’s public services to their proper state and status.

But Keir Starmer is determined to ignore the opportunity to make any real change to the status quo – because he is too closely identified with the Establishment that has agreed to entrench and enlarge it.

Download the full report here:

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