16-17 February 2019 – the weekend’s press releases

Lib Dems: Divert our flightpath away from Brexit mess

Responding to reports that the East Midlands airline FlyBMI has collapsed amid the uncertainty caused by Brexit, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said:

While the Government claim that Brexit provides the opportunity to create a Global Britain, the evidence is to the contrary; FlyBMI are naming Brexit as one of the reasons for their demise.

The truth is, any Brexit is bad for UK Plc, and puts jobs and livelihoods at risk. It is time to divert our flightpath away from this crisis, with a People’s Vote and a chance to exit from Brexit.

Swinson: Labour must not believe PM’s meaningless promises on workers’ rights

In a letter to the 25 Labour MPs who voted against or abstained on the Cooper amendment on 29 January, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson MP has warned that the only way to protect workers’ rights is by staying in the European Union.

Ms Swinson said:

Theresa May’s supposed commitment to safeguard workers’ rights after Brexit is meaningless. With her days in Number 10 numbered, there is nothing to stop any future Conservative Prime Minister from reneging on her promises.

I have seen first-hand how determined many in the Conservative party are to sacrifice employment rights at the altar of deregulation. I strongly urge Labour colleagues to see that the only way to protect our hard-won workers’ rights is to stay in the European Union.

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6 Comments

  • Fear not the local MP us tweeting about sovereignty https://mobile.twitter.com/ABridgen
    Worth pointing out he also believes we can all have Irish passports. Note to our Brexiteers, you can if you were born in Ireland or have an Irish parent or Grandparent, note having an Irish wolfhound does not qualify you.

    The list of Brexit-related gaffes by politicians and commentators is growing by the day as the stakes get higher and the deadline gets closer. The following list is by no means exhaustive and will be added to as March 29th approaches. Send an email to [email protected] if you want to……..

    “We have a reciprocal agreement where I can go to Ireland and ask for an Irish passport, and someone from Ireland can come to the UK and ask for a British passport” Tory MP Andrew Bridgen – October 16th, 2018.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/brexit-is-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving-if-it-wasn-t-so-serious-it-might-be-funny-1.3795087?mode=amp

    Worth reading the entire article, the stupidity of the Brexiteer leadership is a wunder to behold.

  • Peter Martin 18th Feb '19 - 8:44am

    Airlines come and airlines go. That seems to be the nature of the business. I appreciate you have a vested political interest in saying otherwise, but not every airline failure is connected with the UK’s membership of the EU.

    Germania airlines went bust just the week before!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47127921

  • Daniel Walker 18th Feb '19 - 8:56am

    @Peter Martin

    FlyBMI’s press release blames Brexit, not just us.

  • Peter Martin 18th Feb '19 - 9:30am

    @ Daniel Walker,

    Well yes they would, wouldn’t they? When any business fails the directors will always look for some external reason to divert the blame and responsibility from themselves. That’s just human nature.

    Germania isn’t the only German airline to have failed since the UK voted to leave the EU. Is Brexit responsible for that too?

    https://www.dw.com/en/air-berlin-files-for-bankruptcy-protection/a-40095964

  • Sean Hyland 18th Feb '19 - 7:09pm

    Whilst Brexit.at have been a factor there are other issue at play. Contrary to news images Flybmi did not operate large aircraft. It operated 37-50 seat small jets with high fixed costs. In addition the had low passenger loads, figures can be checked on CAA website. Parent company also own Loganair. Number of bmi aircraft already transferred to them prior to the closure announcement and immediately took up a number of bmi routes.

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