Umunna – “Brexiters have surrendered on almost every point”

Brexit Secretary David Davis and Chief EU Negotiator Michel Barnier have today agreed a draft text on the terms of a Brexit transition period.

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

Despite once claiming they held all the cards in the negotiations, in the end the Brexiters have been prepared to compromise and surrender on almost every single point. 

On the divorce bill, on the primacy of European law, on freedom of movement, on fisheries, the Government has yet again capitulated. We should be in no doubt that this will be the shape of things to come in the negotiations over the future relationship. 

With no clarity on what Britain wants from the negotiations and with the prospect of a cliff-edge merely pushed back a little further, it makes no sense to plunge into the transition period at all.

Instead the UK should seek to extend the Article 50 negotiating period and aim to agree a comprehensive settlement. And if we cannot reach a Brexit deal that is good for Britain and matches the promises that were made in the referendum campaign we should keep all our options open.” 

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