Miliband launches UK comeback – with war on the Hard Brexiteers
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.’