BLOG: The Tory government’s ineptitude is exposed and Labour MEPs push for the best deal post-Brexit

In this week’s blog, the Tory government’s ineptitude is exposed and Labour MEPs push for the best deal post-Brexit – here is your EU weekly round-up.

Last week, following Boris Johnson’s latest tour and Theresa May’s Berlin summit, it was the turn of Brexit secretary David Davis to meet with international colleagues, only for them to reveal that he, too, has absolutely no idea what Brexit means. Davis met with the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, and the leader of the Parliament’s biggest political group (EPP), Manfred Weber. The result?

Weber accused Boris and Davis of “unbelievable arrogance” and having no idea what leaving the European Union means, calling the foreign secretary’s remarks on Turkish EU membership “unbelievable” and “a provocation”. Davis’ visit, which was surely intended to soothe the burns of Boris’ latest Brussels blunderthon, has somehow succeeded in adding insult to insult.

On a more positive note, we welcomed new Labour MEP for the East of England, Alex Mayer, who formally took up her role this week, following the resignation of Richard Howitt. Alex will work with Labour MEPs to get the best deal for our constituents – particularly when it comes to protecting jobs, the economy and living standards.

We were also joined by Labour MPs, including Kate Green MP (European Scrutiny Committee) and Seema Malhotra MP (Committee on Exiting the European Union). Labour MEPs, MPs, councillors and local leaders will continue to push for transparency and coherence surrounding our Brexit negotiation. We need a deal that works for everyone, not just big business. Theresa May must show the British people what her post-Brexit Britain looks like.

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