Union leader dismisses PM’s latest Brexit plan as ‘desperate last throw of dice’

Business leaders have urged MPs to back Theresa May’s “new Brexit deal” but trade unionists have dismissed it as a “desperate last throw of the dice”.

The Prime Minister had hoped to win over Labour MPs by offering commitments on workers’ rights.

But Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA transport union, said there were “no real guarantees on jobs, workers’ rights or future customs arrangements”.

Describing Mrs May’s latest offer as “a desperate last throw of the Brexit dice” he called for a general election.

“The country simply can go on like this. Whatever fate awaits Brexit, we clearly need a general election and a new government.

“It’s high time our political class woke up to what is wilful destruction of our economy.

“May’s Brexit deal must be put to a confirmatory vote – without further hurdles – so we can draw a line under this damaging Brexit saga.”

However Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, urged MPs to support compromise so the country can move forward.

“Brexit has left the economy stranded in no man’s land,” she said.

“The Prime Minister’s offer provides a way forward, but only MPs can take it.

“Businesses urge them finally to find the spirit of compromise that has eluded them so far. Jobs and livelihoods depend on it.”