Sheffield’s Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber writes:
‘People keep saying to me that it must be terrible in the European Parliament discussing Brexit all the time. But the truth is that it’s Westminster that is consumed by Brexit - our EU partners have other, more pressing, issues on their plate.
Yes, they are sad to see us go, would be pleased if we stayed, but a hostile Russia on the EU’s borders, political uncertainty in Germany, the migration crisis, instability in the Middle East, terrorist threats, and anchoring the improved economic situation in the Eurozone all loom larger for them.
Meanwhile, as the budget shows, the government has no answers on the things the public really care about: stagnant wages, housing, underfunded health and public services, elderly care.
The government’s own figure shows a £60bn gap in the books compared with March 2016 - further proof that ordinary people are paying the price of Brexit and it’s the Tory Europhobes, not EU leaders as David Davies claimed, who really are putting politics before prosperity.’
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