Saffron Walden MP’s row with local Labour Party over ‘hard Brexit’ group

PUBLISHED: 09:08 13 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:17 13 July 2018

Kemi Badenoch

Kemi Badenoch

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The Labour Party has accused Saffron Walden MP Kemi Badenoch of putting jobs in “peril” through her association with what it describes as a “hard Brexit” group.

Jane Berney, spokesman for the Saffron Walden Constituency Labour Party has said that Mrs Badenoch’s “championing of hard Brexit”, through her participation of the European Research Group (ERG), is a “pledge of economic suicide for her constituency”.

Mrs Berney also questioned the future of Stansted Airport after Britain leaves the European Union.

Mrs Berney said: “The resignation of David Davis as Brexit secretary has only served to highlight the utter chaos that is the government’s handling of Brexit.

“Where is our MP Kemi Badenoch in all this? We know that she is a member of the ERG which favours a hard Brexit.

“By their lack of support for Mrs May she and they are only adding to the chaos.

“The local economy is anchored by the Stansted Airport and the life sciences sector, which are all highly exposed to the EU market and depend on access. Collapse of our biggest employers will have a domino effect across the constituency, affecting small and medium sized enterprises.

By participating in the ERG, Ms Badenoch’s championing of hard Brexit is a pledge of economic suicide for her constituency.”

Mrs Badenoch responded accusing the branch Labour Party of “peddling untruths”.

She said she was “very supportive of the Prime Minister, Theresa May’s efforts to find a deal that works for everybody”.

She said: “The local Labour Party is again peddling untruths. I am very supportive of the prime minister’s efforts to find a deal that works for everybody. “The ERG is open to all MPs and peers from all parties interested in Brexit. It has had more than 70 meetings in this parliament. I have attended two, one of which was to support a letter recommending we keep our ability to negotiate independent trade deals which will necessarily be part of any future aviation policy. This according to the Labour party is contributing to “economic suicide”.

Mrs Badenoch added: “We need to stop trying to re-fight the referendum, and talking about ‘Brexiteers’ and ‘Remainers’. The UK is leaving the EU and what we need to do now is present a united front negotiating a deal that is good for us and our allies.”

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