Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable has described Theresa May’s political declaration as “pathetically weak”.
Speaking in the House of Commons today, Vince Cable said: “This is essentially an agreement to have an agreement. It is full of worryingly vague aspirations. How, for example, can the Prime Minister justify Clause 24 which relates to medicines, chemicals and aviation safety when we currently have strong agreed cooperative standards?”
The Liberal Democrat Leader added: “The Prime Minister has managed to negotiate an agreement where we, and I quote, ‘explore the possibility of cooperation.’ That is pathetically weak. It will cause great anxiety to millions of people who depend on high standards of safety.”
In response, the Prime Minister confirmed the Government would not be able to put together “legal text until we have left the European Union.”
Following the exchange, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:
“Be it the Prime Minister’s deal or any deal, Brexit will make people poorer and weaken the UK’s standing in the world.
“It is painfully clear that there is no majority in Parliament for any deal. The only way to break the deadlock and end uncertainty is with a People’s Vote, including the option to remain in the EU.”