Frank Field, Labour MP for Birkenhead, has sparked outrage after writing an opinion post for Brexit-backing tabloid The Sun. This comes after Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn pledged that the UK would be in a customs union arrangement with the European Union post Brexit.
There has been a boycott of the publication in the Merseyside region ever since 1989 following their coverage of the Hillsborough stadium disaster.
Field, MP for Birkenhead since 1979, argued that by committing to a form of customs union, Jeremy Corbyn is heading towards a ‘Brexit trap’ and if he is caught then the Labour Party is finished.
Mr. Field went on to argue that a customs union prevents Britain from trading freely from the rest of the world. Also, he referred to the high tariffs the EU imposes upon food and clothing in which he claims that removing those would make a ‘massive difference’ to living standards.
The MP for Birkenhead concluded by presenting the question of what sort of message does remaining in a customs union send to Labour voters which voted Leave and to those who ‘flirted’ with the Tories in the snap election.
Field has received criticism for his actions, including from the Liverpool Deputy Mayor Anne O’Byrne and others have said that they will be not voting for Field again as well as ripping up their Labour membership.
So disappointed to see @frankfieldteam writing in the S*n. There are no circumstances when a @UKLabour MP let alone a Merseyside MP could ever justify this. It demonstrates such contempt for the people of Merseyside
— (((Ann O'Byrne))) (@ann_obyrne) February 25, 2018