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Labor will put an end to the “magical thinking” of the Conservative government by amending a “bad Brexit deal” to promote trade and security cooperation, Shadow said.
David Lamy said reconnection with the EU would be the number one foreign policy priority for any future Labor government, again ruling out a return to a customs union or single market.
Speaking at London’s Chatham House, Mr Lamy said:
“But that’s exactly what this government has done.”
Shadow minister said Labor was “not afraid” to talk about “the damage the government’s bad Brexit deal has done to our economy”.
“45% of companies with reduced investment, slowed growth or non-existence said they had problems doing business with the EU, and the number of exports to Europe fell by a third.
“In the midst of the cost of living crisis, this is a scandal.”
Should they return to power, Labor would amend the Northern Ireland Protocol to reduce friction in trade in agricultural, medical and veterinary products, strengthen mutual recognition of professional qualifications and standards, and implement the Brexit Trade Agreement 2025. further reduce barriers to imports and exports, using the review of
He also vowed not to impede Britain’s participation in the Horizon Science Research Program and to improve ties between the university and its students.
Faced with war in Ukraine, escalating tensions in Kosovo and threats of domestic terrorism, Lamy argued that European nations are more than “just trading partners” and a new security deal with Europe said it needed to be smashed.
“The UK needs to be reconnected for safety,” Lamy added.
Labor’s foreign policy will prioritize “pragmatism over ideology” and will make decisions about the Conservative Brexit caucuses that “promote the security and prosperity of the British people, not the ideological purity of the ERG”.
Besides building stronger ties with Europe, the goal is to address climate change, deal with global threats such as China, and strengthen international development, he said.
Lamy said Labor will have a full audit of UK-China relations and it is based on a strategy of “the three Cs: challenge, compete and, where possible, cooperate”.