Ousted Labour MP says Boris Johnson lied about 'getting Brexit done'

Jimmy Nsubuga

A Labour MP who lost his seat in the general election has said Boris Johnson will not “get Brexit done” - despite his campaign refrain.

David Drew, who had represented Stroud since 2017, said in a statement on Sunday Boris Johnson would not fulfil his much-repeated pledge.

The former Labour MP wrote on Facebook: "The failings of a remote Government in London, out of touch with ordinary people, has led to a Brexit which now jeopardises rural communities and manufacturing jobs.

"Despite the hopes of those who voted Conservative, Brexit will not ‘get done’.

“We face years of negotiations and our farmers, jobs, employment rights, and environmental and animal welfare standards will also bear the cost.”

LONDON, APRIL 1: David Drew, MP Labour Stoud.  (Photo by Flying Colours/Getty Images)
Former Labour MP David Drew does not think Brexit will get done (Picture: Getty Images)

The Prime Minister now has an 80-seat majority following his big election win, so his agreement with the EU should pass through the House of Commons easily before 31 January.

However, the Government still needs to negotaite a trade agreement with the EU - something Mr Johnson has promised to do within a year.

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier recently said in a leaked recording that he didn not think a trade agreement is possible within the deadline

In a clip obtained by the Independent newspaper, he said: “We will not get everything done in 11 months. We will do all we can – we won’t do it all.”

The general election was called after Parliament initially approved Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal to proceed to its next stage - but blocked the timeframe he wanted to pass the bill.

The EU postponed Brexit until January 31 but if a deal is passed before then the UK can leave and move onto the next phase of negotiations.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, and his wife Laura Alvarez leave Labour headquarters on December 13, 2019 in London, England. The current Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the first UK winter election for nearly a century in an attempt to gain a working majority to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit. As the results roll in the Conservative Party have made huge gains from around the country at the expense of the Labour party. Votes will be counted overnight and an overall result is expected on Friday. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
Jeremy Corbyn has apologised for Labour's heavy defeat (Picture: Getty Images)

Mr Drew, who also represented Stroud from 1997 to 2010, admitted in his statement the Labour party had to look at itself and learn lessons from its heavy defeat.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell have also apologised for the loss.

Mr McDonnell admitted he was partly to blame for the “disaster” during an interview on BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday morning.

He said: “It’s on me, let’s take it on the chin, I own this disaster so I apologise to all those wonderful Labour MPs who have lost their seats and who worked so hard.”

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Mr Corbyn acknowledged in an open letter the party “came up short” in the poll on Thursday, adding: “I take my responsibility for it.”

But despite Labour suffering its worst result in more than 80 years – with dozens of seats falling to the Tories – he said he was “proud” the party had offered a message of “hope” in the election.

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