Parliament has spoken out loudly and clearly against a disastrous no-deal Brexit, yet Boris Johnson and his government still appear determined to crash the UK out of the EU without a deal.
For UNISON, that’s a completely unacceptable risk – for public services, our economy and our whole country.
That’s why at the TUC Congress I was proud to stand with UNISON members from the NHS and oppose no-deal. Our position is clear – no-deal would wreck our NHS and all public services. In the health service, already under pressure NHS risks being pushed over the cliff edge by a reckless and disorderly exit from the EU.
No responsible politician working for the good of the country would allow the NHS to plunge into the no-deal abyss. The Prime Minister must ditch his do-or-die bluster, respect the law by asking the EU for an extension and then let the country decide its future in a general election.
The chaos and uncertainty a no-deal Brexit would bring could push an already under-pressure NHS over the edge – and patients will be the biggest losers. No-deal risks severe shortages of drugs and vital medical equipment, with the potential for cancelled operations and appointments.
And Brexit hasn’t just stopped potential EU recruits coming here to join the NHS, it’s also convinced those already working here that they’re better off elsewhere.
On staffing, on medicine and even on food, the NHS risks being pushed off the cliff edge – we can’t let Boris Johnson’s no-deal wreck our nation’s greatest institution.