Bradshaw – Labour’s shift on Single Market & Customs Union is extremely welcome

The Prime Minister’s decision to rule out UK membership of the Single Market and Customs Union was “reckless”, and she should put membership of both “back on the table”, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU Keir Starmer said in the House of Commons today. 

Commenting, Ben Bradshaw MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Today’s shift by the Labour frontbench, and its call for the Single Market and Customs Union to be put back on the table by the Government, is extremely welcome.

“Nearly every Labour MP who spoke in today’s Urgent Question called for the UK to stay in the Single Market and Customs Union. The Labour Party is increasingly united around this position.

“On everything from Northern Ireland, to vital industries like automotive and pharmaceuticals, the Government’s illogical red lines are a dangerous impediment to reaching a deal that is good for the whole of the United Kingdom.

“Only by being part of the world’s largest market for the long term, not merely for a transition period, can we build a country that works for the many and not just the few.”