Angela Smith – “Mistake of historic proportions for Labour to back hard Brexit”

It has been confirmed this morning that MPs will debate amendments on the Withdrawal Bill next Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Labour frontbench are currently refusing to support the cross-party amendment on membership of Europe’s economic area.


Commenting, Angela Smith MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said: 

It will be a dark moment for the Labour Party if, next week, the decisions of our frontbench, in defiance of conference policy, plunge the UK ever closer to a hard Brexit.

It will be a mistake of historic proportions for the Labour Party to abdicate its responsibilities and to fail to support the cross-party amendment on EEA membership. 

The Government is delivering a bad deal with new facts coming to light, promises broken and the process in a complete mess. But it's not a done deal and polls show the public want, at the very least, to stay in the Single Market and the Customs Union.  

There is a nonsense argument going about that Labour MPs from the North are in favour of letting a hard Brexit get through, while it is those from the South who are determined to oppose the Government. I want to make it very clear that the majority of backbench Labour MPs in the North would, on a free vote, back EEA membership as a basis on which to negotiate the best deal for Britain. It is shameful that so many are now being pressured to instead let the Government get away with a hard Brexit.”