Umunna – Chancellor’s Radio 4 interview further demonstrates need to avoid Brexit cliff-edge

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Radio 4 interview this morning, Chuka Umunna, leading supporter of Open Britain said:

"It is refreshing to hear Government ministers facing up to the realities of Brexit at last by putting the country’s economic interests at the forefront of these negotiations. Both the Chancellor and the Home Secretary have stated clearly this week that a disastrous cliff-edge Brexit must be avoided. British people and businesses will not accept unnecessary disruption to their day-to-day lives and livelihoods, just because of certain politicians' ideological commitment to a hard Brexit.

"Whilst the Chancellor and the Home Secretary have brought a welcome dose of reality to the Brexit debate, more clarity is still needed about how exactly they plan to avoid the cliff-edge of a hard Brexit, including the details of any transitional arrangement. The truth is, the only way to maintain stability for British people, British jobs and British businesses is to stay in the Single Market and the Customs Union.” 

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Notes to editors:

The Chancellor’s Today Programme interview can be found here:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ylrm4