Stephen Hepburn MP: Tories are turning Brexit into a chaotic pantomime

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer makes a speech outlining Labour's approach to Brexit at One Great George Street in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 25, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer makes a speech outlining Labour's approach to Brexit at One Great George Street in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 25, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

What a dreadful dog’s Brexit these barking Tories are making of the most important negotiations since we entered the European Union.

Theresa May and her incompetent mob couldn’t do a worse job if they deliberately set out to sabotage our country’s future prosperity and security.

I always knew it would be much harder to depart after 44 years of cohabitation than was ever deceitfully pretended before the referendum but the priority now is the best Brexit for Britain.

Instead a warring Tory Party with deep internal divisions simply doesn’t know whether it’s coming or going.

Securing that best deal is near impossible when they haven’t a clue what they want and rival factions within the Cabinet speak with different tongues.

What makes for good political soap opera is bad government and, I fear, a bad Brexit unless we restore sanity.

No wonder a recent survey found 55% of people think May’s negotiating poorly.

My priority as the Labour MP for the Jarrow parliamentary constituency is to stand up for working people, including the self-employed, and businesses in the North East.

I speak all the time to employers small and large and they’re crying out for continuity, stability and, this is important in an exporting region, ongoing access to the other 27 EU countries without form-filling bureaucracy and extra taxes pushing up the cost of goods.

We need a clear vision and I’m delighted to see South Tyneside Council leading the way by working also to safeguard jobs and crucial employment rights as well.

Whether people voted Leave or Remain they didn’t vote to undermine valuable workers’ rights and to downgrade employment legislation.

I want to see us retain the rights we enjoy in the EU on guaranteed paid holidays, maternity rights, fair treatment for part-time and agency workers, consultations before mass redundancies and decent health and safety laws.

The pantomime Conservative right wingers playing the baddies without the laughs in this chaotic Tory Brexit have been on the wrong side of these arguments for years, such as numerous Tory MP’s who hold views on workers’ rights issues that are firmly on the side of the boss, not the worker.

What they view as red tape and ‘bureaucracy gone mad’ are in fact hard-won protections in our country against the exploitation and discrimination of workers. That’s why we must fight these Tory extremists every step of the way.

To roll back employment rights ensuring that hard working people have less say over there conditions and less of a voice in the work place is central to many a Tory MP’s ideological outlook. Such ideas are frankly a threat to our personal and national interests.

Labour’s Shadow Brexit team led by Keir Starmer, the country’s former chief prosecutor who put many villains behind bars, would do a far better job for Britain than the useless Tories.

Our country needs real change for the better, including a Labour Brexit that would have the interests of working class people in communities like ours front and centre!