Umunna – “Better approach would be to seek an extension of Article 50”

The European Commission have today (Wednesday) published their position paper on the Transitional Arrangments in the Withdrawal Agreement.

The paper makes clear that the UK will have to implement new EU laws over which it will have no say in the transition period.


Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:


We shouldn’t leave the EU until the Government stops squabbling and negotiates the deal with the ‘exact same benefits’ that they have promised. Otherwise this transition period is nothing more than a bridge to nowhere.

The proposed legal framework for a transition would mean the UK having zero influence over many of the rules that affect our economy.

Since the Cabinet can’t agree on what we are actually supposed to be implementing during a transition period, or what we are transitioning to, a better approach would be to seek an extension of the Article 50 process.”