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Starmer’s cautious five-point plan to ‘make Brexit work’

04 July 2022
The Spectator
In a speech to the Centre for European Reform this evening, the Labour leader is complaining that the government 'have missed Brexit opportunities time and time again'. He will also set out his party's 'five point plan to make Brexit work'.

Brexit: No case for UK returning to EU, Labour leader Starmer says

04 July 2022
BBC News
In a speech at pro-EU think tank the Centre for European Reform, Sir Keir rejected that approach, arguing it would be a "recipe for more division".
He added: "There are some who say, 'We don't need to make Brexit work. We need to reverse it'.

Labour insiders deny rift over Brexit strategy, as Sir Keir Starmer tells concerned MPs to look to the future

04 July 2022
iNews
The Labour leader used a speech at the Centre of Economic Reform to set out his five-step plan to “make Brexit work” – attacking Boris Johnson’s deal and attempting to set out his vision for what a UK out of the EU, and under a Labour government, would look like. ...In the speech, Sir Keir set out plans to “eliminate most border checks” through a new veterinary agreement for agri-products as well as introducing mutual recognition of professional qualifications.

Speech by Sir Keir Starmer at the CER's 24th birthday reception

Keir Starmer
04 July 2022
Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party, Labour’s 5-point plan to Make Brexit Work 
Thank you.
It’s a real privilege to be here tonight.
I want to start by thanking everyone here at the Embassy.
Especially Adrian, for the immense contribution he has made as Ambassador to Britain.
Adrian has always been honest and constructive...

Labour ready to fight Boris Johnson over effects of Brexit, says Keir Starmer

04 July 2022
Financial Times
Sir Keir Starmer will say Labour would negotiate mutual recognition of professional qualifications and keep Britain in EU science programmes, including the €95bn Horizon scheme, which is cherished by UK researchers. Data adequacy rules would be aligned but Starmer would follow Johnson in pursuing a different course on City regulation, he will say in an address to the Centre for European Reform.

LET’S TALK ABOUT … BREXIT

04 July 2022
Politico London Playbook
Keir Starmer will set out Labour’s five-point plan for “making Brexit work” in a speech at the Centre for European Reform today.

Sir Keir Starmer clashes with Labour over Brexit

04 July 2022
The Telegraph
In a keynote speech on Britain’s future outside the European Union, Sir Keir pledged to “make Brexit work” and said he would not seek to join the Single Market or a customs union.

Keir Starmer says Labour will not take the UK back into the European Union

04 July 2022
Huffpost
Speaking at an event organised by the Centre for European Reform think-tank this evening, Starmer will say: “There are some who say ‘We don’t need to make Brexit work. We need to reverse it’. I couldn’t disagree more.“Because you cannot move forward or grow the country or deliver change or win back the trust of those who have lost faith in politics if you’re constantly focused on the arguments of the past.

Starmer says Johnson has 'missed Brexit opportunities time and time again'

04 July 2022
The Guardian
Labour has now sent out a lengthy preview of what Keir Starmer will say in his speech on Brexit to the Centre for European Reform tonight. 

Keir Starmer to unveil Labour’s plan to improve Brexit

04 July 2022
The Guardian
In a further sign of the party’s new willingness to engage on a subject it has largely avoided under Starmer, the Labour leader will set out a plan to try to reduce red tape over trade, professional qualifications and other issues.In the speech on Monday evening to the Centre for European Reform think-tank, Starmer was expected to rule out any major changes, for example on single market membership or reversing Brexit, saying such a move would simply reignite rows and cause division.

Forget 'arguments of the past,' UK's Labour sets out Brexit plan Reuters

04 July 2022
Reuters
"Let me be very clear: with Labour, Britain will not go back into the EU. We will not be joining the single market. We will not be joining a customs union," Keir Starmer will say, according to excerpts, provided by his office, from a speech he will deliver at the Centre for European Reform think-tank.

Politics latest news: No return to EU freedom of movement under Labour, Sir Keir Starmer to announce

04 July 2022
The Telegraph
Sir Keir Starmer will today promise that a Labour government would not bring back EU freedom of movement as he attempts to draw a line under the party’s Brexit divisions. The Labour leader will deliver a speech at the Centre for European Reform think-tank this evening in which he will set out a five point plan to “Make Brexit Work”. He will say that under Labour, the UK would not rejoin the EU and nor would it join the bloc’s single market or customs union. And on migration, he will say: “We will not return to freedom of movement to create short term fixes.” 

Sir Keir Starmer to outline Labour's plan to 'make Brexit work'

04 July 2022
Sky News
Speaking at the the Centre for European Reform on Monday evening, Sir Keir will say: "There are some who say, 'we don't need to make Brexit work, we need to reverse it', [but] I couldn't disagree more. "Because you cannot move forward or grow the country or deliver change or win back the trust of those who have lost faith in politics if you're constantly focused on the arguments of the past. "We cannot afford to look back over our shoulder. Because all the time we are doing that we are missing what is ahead of us."

Keir Starmer promises to make Brexit better, not rejoin the EU

04 July 2022
The Times
In a speech to the Centre for European Reform, Starmer will set out what he describes as a five point plan to “make Brexit work”. As well as plans to align with EU agriculture rules he will also pledge to follow EU regulations in other areas such as chemicals and product safety standards saying Labour has “no intention from diverging standards below current levels”.In addition he will promise to agree a deal over the Northern Ireland protocol and push for British UK scientific institutions to be allowed back in the EU Horizon funding scheme.

CER event audio: 24th birthday reception with Keir Starmer's speech on Labour's post-Brexit plans

Sir Keir Starmer
04 July 2022
This is an audio recording from the Centre for European Reform's 24th birthday reception, which we celebrated 4 July 2022, at the Irish Embassy in London. Irish Ambassador to the UK, Adrian O'Neill, and our Director, Charles Grant, gave opening remarks, before Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the UK Labour...

Germany and Ireland accuse UK of not acting in ‘good faith’ over Northern Ireland

03 July 2022
Financial Times
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said the ministers’ statement “shows a hardening of the EU line on the protocol”. “The new German government is a few notches tougher on the British than its predecessor,” he said. “In recent years it has often been the French who have taken the hardest line among the 27 — but the joint statement shows they are not alone. EU governments now say that the arguments over the protocol are not just about Northern Ireland, they are about the UK’s international reputation as a country that respects the rule of law.”
CER podcast: What next on the path for Ukraine's EU membership?

CER podcast: What next on the path for Ukraine's EU membership?

Ian Bond, Natalie Forsyuk, Ivanna Klympush-Tsinsadze, Katarína Mathernová
01 July 2022
Ian Bond spoke to three senior figures involved in Ukraine's application for EU membership, who discussed what's next on the path for Ukraine becoming an EU member-state.

Global Corporate Tax: France says EU can bypass Hungarian veto

30 June 2022
Euronews
According to Zach Meyers, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform (CER), "if the French presidency gives up on an EU-wide directive to implement the minimum global corporate tax because of Hungary’s veto, then any alternative will be far less legally robust.""The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has already ruled that EU member states cannot stop corporates from taking advantage of lower tax rates available in other member states: when the UK was a member of the EU, it proposed to do this, and the regime was struck down."

Brexit: UK should rejoin single market as quitting EU ‘biggest piece of self-inflicted harm,’ says Sadiq Khan

29 June 2022
Evening Standard
Another analysis, by the Centre for European Reform, estimated that the UK was being hit with a £31 billion blow to GDP from Brexit in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Counting the cost of the Brexit vote six years on

27 June 2022
The Sunday Times
The doppelgänger approach has been used extensively by John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform. His latest update, covering the period to the end of last year, was published earlier this month, and the results are striking.