Umunna – Labour MPs should be whipped to back EEA membership

Labour’s frontbench have tabled an amendment to the Government’s Withdrawal Bill that seeks “access” to the Single Market.

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

The only way of realising the objectives set out in the amendment, short of EU membership, is through the UK being part of the European Economic Area, as a minimum. 

Like the Tory Government and hard Brexiters this amendment seeks 'access' to the EU's Single Market but this is nowhere near enough.  What the overwhelming majority of Labour members and supporters want is so much more - to be part of the framework of protections for workers, consumers and the environment which being part of the European Economic Area uniquely offers to non-EU members.

“All the way through the passage of this Bill, the only amendments which have commanded support on both sides of the House and passed are cross party backbench ones.  So, if we are serious about ‘protecting full access to the internal market of the EU’ and ensuring ‘no new impediments to trade’, logic dictates Labour MPs should be whipped to support the cross party EEA amendment sent to us by the House of Lords.”

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