- Mayoral candidate Jane Brophy has hit out at the Government's 'shameful' Brexit agenda saying it is an 'insult to the thousands living with a disability'.
- Brophy: "Brutal Brexit is an absolute disgrace that they should apologise for."
- She has pledged to fight against Brexit every step of the way and wants a referendum on the EU deal with Remain as an option.
Jane Brophy, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester, has hit out at Theresa May's Brexit agenda, saying it is an 'insult' to the thousands of people living with a disability.
Jane Brophy said: "Yesterday I met with organisers and members of Manchester People First, and it was heartbreaking to hear them raise concerns and worry about simple things like getting a job and providing for themselves.
"Without the security of EU legislation, their rights and the rights of thousands of other people living with disabilities is only becoming more vague.
"This government's brutal attempt to sleepwalk us out of the EU with absolutely no consideration for the thousands of people living with a disability, both here in Greater Manchester and across the country, is an insult, and an absolute disgrace that they should apologise for.
"Farage, Johnson, Gove, May and the rest of them should be utterly and completely ashamed, disgusted and embarrassed of themselves.
"The EU has changed our society for the better and has stood up for disabled people when governments have failed, and it is an utter disgrace that this is now all left at risk."
Brexit secretary David Davis confirmed the region’s new mayor will have a seat at the negotiating table to discuss their priorities for any future deal struck by the government.
Jane Brophy added: "The question in this mayoral election is about who local residents want at that Brexit table fighting for Greater Manchester's best interests and our place in Europe. It is only the Liberal Democrats who will de-rail Brexit and I am the only candidate fighting for the closest possible relationship with the EU.
"The Liberal Democrats are clear, we want a vote in the form of a referendum on the final Brexit deal, with Remain on the ballot paper.
"We are hurtling towards a hard Brexit which will have an enormous and detrimental impact on Greater Manchester, and I will fight against it every single step of the way."
Jane Brophy will face competition from Andy Burnham (Labour), Sean Anstee (Conservatives), Shneur Odze (UKIP) and Will Patterson (Greens).