Commenting on the draft guidelines published today by the Council of the European Union on the EU’s principles and approach to Brexit negotiations, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“The EU has made an important offer of a ‘bridge’ to stop the UK falling off a cliff edge if negotiations for a new trade deal take longer than two years.
“The Prime Minister should accept this offer, as it is the best way to make sure that British jobs and businesses are not put in danger.
“It would safeguard working people’s rights and keep Britain free from tariffs and additional bureaucracy until a new trade deal between the UK and EU is made. And it will allow the Prime Minister to take all the time she needs to secure the very best deal for Britain, instead of a duff deal done in a rush.”
UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 on March 29, officially opening negotiations to exit the EU.