Cooper doubts se­ri­ous­ness of speech

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS POLITICS -

Boris John­son’s key­note Brexit speech should not be taken se­ri­ously “given ev­ery­thing he said about that bus”, a for­mer Labour min­is­ter has said.

The for­eign sec­re­tary in­sisted that leaving the bloc is a cause for hope, not fear, as he set out his vi­sion for a postbrexit Bri­tain.

To make Brexit a suc­cess, sup­port­ers must “reach out to those who still have anx­i­eties”, he urged.

Labour for­mer min­is­ter Yvette Cooper dis­missed his com­ments how­ever and called on the Gov­ern­ment to fo­cus on de­tail rather than rhetoric.

Speak­ing to BBC Ra­dio 4’s To­day pro­gramme, she said: “The prob­lem with that is, from the point of view of a com­mit­tee chair, we’ve got this speech be­ing made which doesn’t seem to set out any de­tail.

“The Gov­ern­ment can­not keep kick­ing the can down the road, we’ve got to ac­tu­ally have some prac­ti­cal details on it.

“To be hon­est, given ev­ery­thing he said about that bus, I don’t re­ally see why we’re tak­ing him se­ri­ously at all.”

Ahead of Mr John­son’s speech, Swedish am­bas­sador to the UK Tor­b­jorn Sohlstrom warned that red lines do not “marry with fric­tion-free trade”.

Pic­ture: PA.

Labour for­mer min­is­ter Yvette Cooper.

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