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61,400 jobs at risk due to No Deal Brexit say Lib Dems

September 2, 2019 9:05 PM
By Nick Machnik-Foster

61,400 jobs at risk due to No Deal Brexit say Lib Dems

2,500 jobs at risk in Wolverhampton

850 jobs at risk in Education Secretary Gavin Williamson seat

1,200 in Chancellor's Bromsgrove seat

9,350 jobs at risk in Birmingham due to no deal

A 'bombshell' study shows 61,400 jobs in the West Midlands could be lost if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead. Wolverhampton Lib Dems have urged local MPs to stop 'shilly-shallying' and back a second referendum.

Figures from the UK Trade Policy Observatory predict that 2,500 jobs could be lost in the Wolverhampton area as a result of such an outcome. Both Wolverhampton North East and Wolverhampton South East would see 850 job losses and Wolverhampton South West would see 800.

The City's Liberal Democrats have called this a 'wake up call for MPs as they head back to Westminster on Monday for more Brexit deliberations.

It also predicted that 850 jobs would be lost in Education Secretary Gavin Williamson's seat of South Staffordshire, 800 jobs would be lost in Michael Fabricant's seat of Lichfield and 1,050 jobs in the key swing seat of Stafford.

A total of 2,050 jobs would be lost in Walsall over the two seats there and 1,700 in Dudley. 1,200 jobs are at risk in the Chancellor's own seat of Bromsgrove. In total 9,350 jobs will be lost in Birmingham split over the various seats in the City.

The shocking figures are released as the party launches a 'Brexit isn't working' campaign, with echoes of the famous Labour isn't working campaign of the 1980s.

Speaking about the possible impact of a no-deal Brexit, Liberal Democrat campaigner, Julian Donald said:

"These figures must be a wake-up call for MPs. You can see what enormous damage to Wolverhampton's economy a no-deal Brexit would be. Seeing how many jobs are at risk shows how high stakes these Brexit debates are.

MPs in Wolverhampton are shilly-shallying about and not making their intentions known - our challenge to them is clear - where are you on a second referendum? Saying, privately you support it is not enough anymore, we want public backing for the idea.

Many of our key employers are reliant on our trading relationship with the rest of Europe and they are very worried about the prospect of us crashing out of the EU without a deal.

I do not want to see any job losses in Wolverhampton, let alone the 2,550 jobs predicted in this study.

Businesses need certainty and easy access to Europe so that they can succeed not the chaos and hardship that crashing out of the EU would cause."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week that Parliament would be suspended only days after MPs return from the summer break, weeks before the UK is due to leave the European Union.

It limits the amount of time MPs have to stop a no-deal Brexit before the deadline on October 31. Parliament will be suspended from September 10 to October 14.