Umunna – Labour should commit to Single Market and Customs Union membership

Commenting on Keir Starmer’s speech at Labour Party Conference, in which he said Labour could support “remaining in a form of customs union with the EU”, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Keir Starmer’s assertion that continued membership of a Customs Union with the EU is an option for Labour is a potentially important shift in the Party’s position, which has been advocated by many in the wider Labour movement.

“No-one in Labour should swallow the fantasies of the hard Brexit enthusiasts in the Cabinet with their talk of mythical future trade deals. The fact is that leaving the Customs Union will impose punishing tariffs on our trade with Europe and masses of red tape on British businesses. The jobs and livelihoods of ordinary working people would be put at risk. 

“It is both mystifying and deeply unfortunate that Labour members will not be able to have a proper debate on our Brexit policy. It is now even more vital that as we go forward we put clear red water between the Labour Party and the Government on Brexit. For me and many others, that means committing to full and permanent membership of the Single Market and Customs Union. We will continue to make this argument."