Cooper doubts seriousness of speech
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”.
Labour former minister Yvette Cooper.