The Liberal Democrats have warned that Brexit uncertainty is sealing the fate of British industries already under pressure following the collapse of three major airlines since 2016.
Thomas Cook's collapse follows UK airlines Monarch and flybmi who also ceased operations.
In a joint statement, Liberal Democrat MEP Jane Brophy and Manchester Lib Dem Leader John Leech said:
“As with other fallen airlines like Monarch and flybmi, Thomas Cook has been struggling for months against a backdrop of Brexit uncertainty. Clearly there are other issues that have played a part in these airlines' collapse. But can Government officials honestly say that Brexit did not play a part in this, or that they themselves couldn’t have acted sooner?
“The Civil Aviation Authority is clearly working hard to get people home in the short-term, and they should be supported and congratulated for those efforts.
“But the real tragedy here is the nearly 22,000 jobs, and 3,000 in Greater Manchester alone that have been lost. The knock-on effects of that are devastating. Hard-working people who have dedicated their working lives to this company deserve answers and reassurance that lessons will be learnt to prevent this from happening again."