Rushing into Brexit would be a disaster - doing something right is more important than doing it quickly

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This article was first published in the Daily Mirror on 16 November 2016.

That's what the Open Britain campaign is doing. I don't want to block Brexit. I want us to unite to make the best of it -- especially over jobs and the economy. To get Brexit right, we need to acknowledge it will take time.

Even the leader of the Leave campaign admits pulling Britain out of the EU after 40 years will be the most complex task our Government has faced since the Second World War .

Decisions the Government takes now will shape our country for decades to come. I understand many people just want to "get on with it" but in politics, as in life, doing something right is more important than doing it quickly.

The consequences of a hurried and botched Brexit would be severe. Europe buys nearly half of all we sell abroad so millions of jobs are linked to the investment of its firms in Britain.

Trade barriers would seriously impact jobs and prices here. If speed trumps substance, we run the risk of Mirror readers being short changed at the shops, at the pumps or, worse still, in their pay packets. Better to do something right than rushed.

The Government should carefully examine the evidence and not be afraid of public and parliamentary debate on the big choices we face.

To me, that means full participation in the single market, which allows totally free trade across Europe. It means protecting workers from discrimination and an unprecedented deal with Europe to keep our citizens safe. We need to act on peoples' concerns about immigration and introduce a fair system of movement.

None of this is easy and there are hundreds of other issues to sort out as well. Making a success of something normally takes time and hard work. Brexit is no different.