Streeting – Sadiq Khan is right, the Government must keep Britain in the Single Market

The Government must listen to the General Election result by negotiating to keep Britain in the Single Market, Sadiq Khan said today.

In a statement, the Mayor of London said “the Government must now listen to the will of the people by putting aside ideology, and negotiating a sensible Brexit that ensures continued membership of the Single Market.” 

Commenting, Wes Streeting MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“The Mayor of London has hit the nail on the head – Single Market membership is vital for Britain’s economy, and any deal that involves us leaving the Single Market is likely to be worse for London and the whole country than full membership. 

“For crucial London industries like financial services and tech, a free trade agreement covering tariffs will not be anywhere near enough. Businesses across Britain need an agreement covering regulation and services trade as well, which is exactly what the Single Market provides.

“On the very day the Prime Minister updates EU leaders on her plans for leaving the EU, the Government should listen to the General Election result, which said loud and clear that the British people reject the Prime Minister’s plan for an extreme Brexit. Instead, Ministers should be negotiating to protect jobs and living standards by keeping Britain in the Single Market.” 

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Notes to editors:

Sadiq Khan’s comments are reported here: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/22/sadiq-khan-calls-for-uk-remain-single-market-brexit