Umunna – Chaotic Brexit brinkmanship is damaging our economy

The Government has today failed to reach an agreement with the EU that would allow the Brexit negotiations to move on to the next stage.

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

“This chaotic Brexit brinkmanship is damaging our economy, as growth has been downgraded, companies are nervously preparing their contingency plans, and inflation has rocketed, leaving working people worse off.

“To reach a workable compromise over the Irish border, it is clear that the best option is to keep the whole of the United Kingdom in the Single Market and Customs Union. This would ensure no hard border while protecting our economy and the integrity of our Union.  

“Nobody would have thought at the time of the referendum that the negotiations would be this complicated, and that we would agree to hand over £50 billion only for talks to remain stuck in the mud. The voters have every right to keep an open mind about whether leaving the EU is really the best future for our country.”