Miliband launches UK come­back – with war on the Hard Brex­i­teers

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Si­mon Wal­ters

DAVID Miliband will to­mor­row launch his come­back in UK pol­i­tics by join­ing an all-party move to stop ‘hard Brexit’ cheer­lead­ers Boris John­son and Ja­cob Rees-Mogg ‘hold­ing Bri­tain to ran­som’.

The for­mer For­eign Sec­re­tary will share a plat­form with for­mer Lib­eral Demo­crat Deputy Premier Nick Clegg and ex-Tory Cab­i­net Min­is­ter Nicky Mor­gan, in a move that is bound to re­new spec­u­la­tion over a new Cen­tre Party.

They will call on MPs to ‘re­ject siren calls to com­pletely sever the UK’s deep eco­nomic ties with the EU’.

Writ­ing in to­day’s Mail on Sun­day, the trio warn: ‘A hard Brexit won’t cre­ate Global Bri­tain. It is merely a path to a fan­tasy is­land where we will have re­duced ac­cess to our largest mar­kets and a di­min­ished stand­ing in the world.’

Mr Miliband’s par­tic­i­pa­tion is a clear sign that he is ready to re­turn to front­line pol­i­tics. He moved to the US to work for an over­seas aid char­ity after los­ing the Labour lead­er­ship con­test to his brother Ed in 2010. The trio’s move came as Theresa May launched her own bid to end the Cab­i­net feud over the type of Brexit deal.

Days after Mr John­son scorned her ‘crazy’ plan for a ‘cus­toms part­ner­ship’ with the EU, the Prime Min­is­ter hit back at claims it would make cut­ting ties with Brus­sels point- less, say­ing: ‘You can trust me to de­liver.

‘I will en­sure that we take back con­trol of our laws. So Brexit means that, while we may some­times choose to take the same ap­proach as the EU, our laws will be made in West­min­ster, Cardiff, Ed­in­burgh and Belfast, with those laws tried by British judges.’

In an ap­par­ent olive branch to Mr John­son – who fa­mously pledged that quit­ting the EU would mean an ex­tra £350mil- lion a week for the NHS – Mrs May said: ‘There will be bil­lions of pounds we used to send to Brus­sels which we will be able to spend on do­mes­tic pri­or­i­ties, in­clud­ing our NHS.’

Mr Miliband, Mr Clegg and Ms Mor­gan show no such re­straint. They say: ‘Less than six months be­fore the dead­line for con­clud­ing the terms of our de­par­ture, hard Brexit de­mands are hold­ing the coun­try’s ne­go­ti­at­ing po­si­tion to ran­som.’

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