The Liberal Democrats have called for people in the North West to be given a say over the final Brexit deal, following today's judgement at the Supreme Court which ruled that Parliament must be given a vote on triggering Article 50.
The ruling comes amid warnings that a hard Brexit could cost the UK economy between £100bn and £200bn by 2030, with a hit to GDP of between 5% to 10%.
Lisa Smart, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson for the North West said:
“I welcome today’s judgement, which will put a stop to Theresa May’s attempts to push through a hard Brexit with no scrutiny.
“Yesterday the Government proposed an industrial strategy, but its plans for a hard Brexit could lead to an industrial tragedy.
“Around half of manufacturing exports in the North West go to the Single Market, worth £11,579m a year.
“Pulling Britain out of the Single Market and putting up barriers to our trade with Europe would do huge damage to jobs and prosperity in the North West, including in key sectors such as farming, IT and manufacturing.
“That’s why it’s crucial people here are given a say over what happens next.
“The Liberal Democrats are clear, we demand a vote of the people on the final Brexit deal and without that we will not support triggering Article 50."