WORKERS from Rolls-Royce and Toyota in the East Midlands lobbied their MPs yesterday as the government’s Brexit negotiations remained stalled.
The workers, who are members of the Unite union, called for a “jobs-first Brexit,” and for “certainty” so that companies can make long-term investment decisions.
Unite regional officer Tony Tinley said: “Our members are taking their Brexit concerns directly to MPs. Too often throughout the Brexit process the concerns of workers have been ignored.
“As the implications of Brexit are increasingly hitting home, workers are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of the process on their jobs.
“The uncertainty at the heart of the government’s Brexit negotiations is creating widespread insecurity and confusion within both management and the workforce.”
Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker held a “working dinner” in Brussels on Monday.
But there was no subsequent indication from the EU side that sufficient progress had been made to move forward to the second phase of the negotiations.
A prominent EU official told BBC2 that negotiations “were being hampered by the continued infighting among senior British ministers.”
Senior German MEP Elmar Brok, of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party, said: “I have more the feeling that the fight in the Tory Party about the leadership is stopping us coming to such a result more than anything else.”