Umunna – “Stunning victory” gives Commons the chance to protect jobs and trade

The Government has suffered a further defeat in the House of Lords over the EU Withdrawal Bill: over continued membership of the European Economic Area (EEA). 

The Government were defeated despite the refusal of the Labour frontbench to back the amendment. Open Britain organised a lobbying campaign of Labour peers over the weekend urging them to support the measure.   


Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of the People's Vote campaign, said:

“This is a stunning victory for those who want to protect jobs and trade and keep our businesses linked to our biggest market.

“And it also marks a decisive vote in favour of protecting the Good Friday Agreement and the Irish peace process.

“Now it will be for the Commons to decide. I hope that the Labour front bench will support U.K. membership of the Single Market through the EEA, which is what the overwhelming majority of our members and voters want. We simply cannot aid and abet this hard, destructive Brexit.”