GMB calls on Rees-Mogg to save his own constituents’ jobs in passport row

The GMB has called on Jacob Rees-Mogg to stand up for workers in his constituency who make British passports.

De La Rue which has a manufacturing site at Bathford in Rees-Mogg’s North East Somerset seat, has held the contract to manufacture British passports since 2009. But last week it emerged the new UK passport to be issued after Brexit will be made in France, after the £490 million contract was awarded Franco-Dutch firm Gemalto.

GMB general secretary Tim Roache said: “This is the reality of hard Brexit and it’s in Jacob Rees-Mogg’s back yard. He needs to put his money where his mouth is and stand up for jobs that are being sent abroad by his own government.

“This is a bizarre decision, and one that completely undermines the rose tinted view of Brexit Rees-Mogg likes to go on about. If Brexit is going to work for workers, this is exactly the sort of decision that needs to be made in their interests. The government has to reverse this decision now.”

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