Umunna – Government’s position on Brexit transition should be final nail in the coffin of the idea that Brexit means ‘taking back control’

A new document setting out the Government’s position on a post-Brexit transition period has been leaked today.

The document says that the Government accepts almost all of the principles of a ‘status quo’ transition, in which the UK goes from a rule-maker to a rule-taker. That includes the UK continuing to abide by all the rules of the EU Single Market and the Customs Union, as well as unchanged freedom of movement, but with no say in the EU institutions that make those rules. 

The only significant change is that the Government is suggesting that a transition period should last longer than the EU’s suggested end date of 31 December 2020, potentially indefinitely.

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

“The Government’s vision for a Brexit transition period should be the final nail in the coffin of the idea that Brexit means ‘taking back control’. The reality is the complete opposite, we are losing control.

“It appears the Government wants transition to last indefinitely - a never ending road to nowhere because the cabinet can’t agree on our future trading relationship with the EU .

“As new facts like these continue to come to light, and as the harsh realities of Brexit become clearer, everyone is entitled to keep an open mind about whether it’s the right path for the country. We should not be leaving the EU if we don’t know the end destination of Brexit.”



Notes to editors:

The leaked document on a post-Brexit transition period can be read here.