Parliament voted against adding New Clause 13 to the EU Withdrawal Bill tonight by 320 to 114. The New Clause, tabled by Labour MP and leading Open Britain supporter Chris Leslie, would have maintained the UK’s membership of the Customs Union post-Brexit.
Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“Whilst it's disappointing to lose this vote, the fight for permanent Customs Union membership isn't finished.
“Every day it gets clearer that crashing out of the Customs Union will cause massive economic damage to our economy, creating mountains of new red tape for businesses and cancelling existing trade deals with over 60 countries around the world.
“The idea that imaginary new trade deals could compensate for the damage is a total fantasy. They would take years to negotiate and could mean a lowering of our high food standards. People therefore have the right to ask whether the costs of leaving the Customs Union are worth it.”