Blog: Streatham MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy slams autumn statement for ignoring Brexit impact – BrixtonBuzz

Streatham MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy has criticised the Government for failing to acknowledge the impact of Brexit on the UK economy.

Speaking on the second day of debate, Bell outlined the damaging impact of Brexit on the UK economy, concluding that “Brexit has been a complete and utter disaster and if the Government do not address it there will be a reckoning.”

In her speech, Bell also drew attention to the difficulties facing tenants and homeowners in the constituency, arguing that they are seeing spiking rents and mortgage repayments as a result of Tory policies.

Highlighting the fact that proposed changes to benefits and minimum wage still ran behind inflation for the lowest earners, she asked: “How can there be levelling up when the poorest are made even poorer by this statement?”

Speaking in Parliament, Bell said:

“What do we have to show for Brexit?

 

Spiralling inflation, travel chaos, labour shortages, crops rotting in the fields, a significant reduction to British exports, a loss of work and opportunities due to visa restrictions, food prices hiked up in our supermarkets, and the sharpest fall in living standards on record—and that is not even all of it.

 

Whether people voted to leave or whether, like most of the people in my constituency, they voted to remain, nobody voted for this.

 

“We can no longer hide behind the economic effects of the pandemic when all the other G7 countries have bounced back and ours is the only country with a smaller economy now and is set to have the lowest growth in the G20 bar Russia.

 

Yet the Chancellor was arrogant enough to come to the House and pretend that Brexit had nothing to do with the situation we find ourselves in.

 

“Brexit has been a complete and utter disaster, and if the Government do not address it there will be a reckoning. In the meantime, the average person in this country is left to pay the price.”

Speech in full

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