Monday, 4 July 2022 – 15:35

Frances O’Grady: the TUC will back a second referendum

Britain’s biggest trade union has thrown its weight behind a second EU referendum on the terms of exit. The Trade Union Congress, or TUC, has told the Prime Minister that she just give the British public a say on whatever Brexit she negotiates. 

The TUC said it was “serving notice” to Mrs May and accused the PM of “holding the country to ransom”. This comment was made because the TUC believes Mrs May is offering her Chequers deal as the only alternative to a ‘no deal’ Brexit. 

The body represents 5.5 million workers. It has suggested that a fresh General Election is the only option the PM has to get popular support for her exit proposals. Failing that, the TUC said he only alternative is a second referendum. 

Speaking at the 150th Congress, the General Secretary Frances O’Grady accuses Mrs May of being “too weak” to combat hard line Brexiteers in her own party.

This is the latest in a number of interventions made by leading trade union figures adding extra pressure on the Government. 

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