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Liverpool Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram says Liverpool and Manchester should be given “differential” Brexit settlement if Theresa May goes ahead with plans for Northern Ireland.
Rotheram joined Sadiq Khan, Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones in calling for regions to be given opt-outs from hard Brexit.
The Labour man told BI the thought of hard Brexit “terrifies” him.

LONDON — Steve Rotheram has called for Liverpool and other northern city regions to be allowed to stay wedded to EU markets after Brexit if the UK government goes ahead with plans for “regulatory alignment” between Northern Ireland and the EU.

Speaking to Business Insider on Tuesday, the Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region said there will be a strong case for cities like Liverpool and Manchester to opt out from aspects of a hard Brexit if Northern Ireland is allowed to mirror EU trade and customs arrangements after exit day in March, 2019.

“If you think about Liverpool City Region and Manchester City Region and our functional economic geography, we have a bigger population GDP-GVA than Scotland,” former Labour MP Rotheram said.

“Of course, Scotland is a nation state, so I’m not suggesting for a second that Liverpool and Manchester should join together to form some …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

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