Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer comments on appointment of Sir Tim Barrow

Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, commenting on the appointment of Sir Tim Barrow as the UK’s new Permanent Representative to the EU, said:

“I welcome the appointment of Sir Tim Barrow as the UK’s new Permanent Representative to the EU. It is of course vital that there should be no vacuum in such an important role and that the new Permanent Representative should be someone with a strong and distinguished record of service as a diplomat.

“But a number of fundamental questions remain unanswered. In particular, Sir Ivan Rogers’ confirmation that the Government lack a plan for Brexit (“We do not yet know what the government will set as negotiating objectives for the UK’s relationship with the EU after exit”), and his statement that the UK does not have a proper and effective negotiating team in place (“the structure of the UK’s negotiating team and the allocation of roles and responsibilities to support that team needs rapid resolution”).

“These are the most important negotiations we have faced for generations and it is unacceptable to have this level of preparation and accountability just 10 or 11 weeks before Article 50 is triggered.

“That is why Labour have called for David Davis to make a statement to parliament on Monday on the state of the Government’s preparations for Brexit.”