Keir Starmer has said Labour will ‘make Brexit work’ - here’s how people are reacting

Keir Starmer has said Labour will ‘make Brexit work’ - here’s how people are reacting

Keir Starmer has said Labour will “make Brexit work” and the statement has certainly divided people.

The Labour leader made the comments during an interview with BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday where he argued for “sensible adjustments” to be made to the deal negotiated by the government that currently stands with EU.

“It’s all very well saying get Brexit done, we’ve got to make Brexit work,” he told Marr when asked if he would be willing to renegotiate a deal to reduced the predicted economic fall-out. He made similar statements during his Labour party conference speech this year.

He added: “In order to do that, we have got to deal with some of the gaps and weaknesses in the current arrangements.”

Starmer said that he would do “whatever I could to make it easier for British firms to trade across the world, but particularly with the EU.”

However, he ruled out rejoining the EU.

“What I’m not talking about is rejoining the EU, what I’m not talking about is ripping up the current agreement and starting again – nobody wants to be in that place,” he explained.

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Starmer’s comments on making Brexit work have fuelled conversations on Twitter as to whether the Labour leader - who had voted Remain himself during the 2016 referendum and at one point said there should be a second referendum - was wrong to “make Brexit work.”

Of course, there were some memes to reflect the feelings of those left disappointed by Starmer’s comments.

Meanwhile others criticised the Labour leader for using similar language to Prime Minister Boris Johnson who coined the slogan “Get Brexit Done,” in reference to negotiating a deal with the EU.

On the other hand, there were some who understood Starmer’s stance, noting that he wants to win back Brexiteers and also that it could be the best stance for him (at the moment).

During the same interview, Starmer also took aim at Johnson, claiming he tries to “pick a fight” with Brexit-related issues to avoid scandals at home and gave the Owen Paterson fiasco as an example.

“There’s a little bit of me that can’t help think that the Prime Minister is constantly trying to pick a fight on things like this so he hopes people don’t look elsewhere in the forest, which are things like the Owen Paterson affair,” Starmer said.

He also slated the Government’s approach with ongoing EU dispute over the Northern Ireland border and said he would rather see “both sides sitting down and resolving this.”

“What I am saying is don’t rip up the protocol because that has that very important central purpose, which is to protect the no border in Northern Ireland,” Starmer concluded.

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