A new report out today (Wednesday) from the parliamentary Brexit Select Committee sets out a series of tests for any deal on the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
The tests include: Maintaining an open border on the island of Ireland with no physical infrastructure or checks; no tariffs on trade between the UK and the EU; no additional costs to businesses trading in goods or services; UK convergence with EU regulations in all relevant areas in order to ensure maximum market access; and continued UK participation in key EU agencies and programmes such as Europol, Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and the European Medicines Agency.
Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“The Government’s promise to secure a Brexit deal that secures the ‘exact same benefits’ as we have within the EU looks as far away as ever: their ludicrous red lines on leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union make this outcome impossible.
“With complicated issues like the Northern Ireland border still nowhere near being resolved, and with the health of our economy and public services like the NHS at stake, the risks and costs of Brexit are growing by the day.
“If the final Brexit deal doesn’t match up to the promises made during the referendum, then everyone is entitled to keep an open mind about whether it’s the right path for the country.”