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Brexit speech: Boris Johnson refuses to rule out resignation – politics live

Follow the day’s political developments as they happen, including the foreign secretary’s ‘road to Brexit’ speech

Keir Starmer, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, has responded to Johnson’s speech this afternoon, saying it was full of “empty rhetoric”.

This speech underlined the government’s real intentions; a Brexit of deregulation, where rights and protections are casually cast aside and where the benefits of the single market and the customs union are ignored.

Nobody will be fooled or reassured by the foreign secretary’s empty rhetoric. His insistence on deregulating our economy is the opposite of what businesses and trade unions want to hear.

Chuka Umunna, the Labour MP and leading Open Britain supporter, has dubbed the foreign secretary’s speech an “astonishing exercise in hypocrisy”.

His vision of Brexit may be many things, but it is not liberal.

His plan would see Britain sever trade ties with our largest trading partner, weaken protections for workers, consumers and the environment, and jeopardise the Good Friday agreement in Northern Ireland, a subject he didn’t even bother to mention.

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