Emily Thornberry Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury
At the Tory party conference last week, Theresa May set a deadline of 31 March for the government to trigger the two-year negotiation process through which our post-Brexit relationship with the rest of Europe will be shaped.
I have always argued that, before the government embarks on that process, they must tell the British people their plan, and yesterday, we held a debate in Parliament demanding that they do so.
To coincide with that debate, my Shadow Cabinet colleague Keir Starmer and I wrote to David Davis yesterday morning with 170 detailed questions about the government’s plans, one for each day until Theresa May’s self-imposed deadline to begin the Brexit process.
You can read our letter here, and the full list of questions here.
These questions cover the full range of issues around Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU, and the impact on the UK’s economy, public services and key sectors.
We ask them what their plan is on the Single Market and on free movement of people, whether workers’ rights and funding for local regions will be protected, and how we will deal with the impact of Brexit on education, health, transport, culture, human rights and the environment.
In response to yesterday’s letter and debate, the government was forced to accept our calls to set out its plans before 31 March, and allow Parliament and the public to scrutinise them properly. I look forward to doing so, and I will of course want to hear and reflect your views.
While I fully understand all the concerns people have about the impact of Brexit in Islington South and Finsbury and beyond, I hope this reassures you that Labour is working hard to hold the government to account, and demand answers on all the key questions that you and others have raised.