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Labour urges government not to rush Brexit trade talks

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Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Cabinet Office minister has suggested on Sunday that Labour could push for an extension to the Brexit transition period.

Reeves has urged Downing Street not to rush trade talks and said Labour “absolutely do not want” the UK to leave the EU in December with a no-deal Brexit.

She told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday, “I would say to the government the most important thing is we get a good deal, not any deal, but the best deal we can have.

“The last thing our country and our economy needs at the moment is a further shock that could put jobs and livelihoods at risk.

“So, don’t rush this, all of the attention of government at the moment is on fighting the coronavirus, that is the right thing, don’t rush this, take the time that is needed.”

She said the government must outline a new timetable if it cannot secure a deal by the end of the year.

Reeves said, “We’re saying they mustn’t rush this and if they are not going to secure a deal, they mustn’t crash out without a deal, so that means taking the time that is necessary but it’s up to the government to show they can deliver on the promises they’ve made to the British people.

“That is getting a good deal and a good deal by the end of this year, and if they’re not in a position to do that they need to come back and explain a timetable.”




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