Both Chuka Umunna and the Vote Leave Watch campaign fully support continued British membership of the EU Single Market, alongside serious reform of the free movement of people, Mr Umunna has clarified today.
He has called for the UK to remain a member of the Single Market repeatedly, including four times in this month alone.
Chuka Umunna MP, Chair of Vote Leave Watch, said:
“The debate about Europe, the Single Market and free movement is complex, and I will be setting out my views in greater length in future.
“But I have always been totally consistent in saying that Britain must be a member of the Single Market, on which thousands of jobs and rules protecting workers’ rights rely.
“At the same time, we need an alternative to free movement as we know it. The government should aim for both in its EU negotiations.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Chuka has repeatedly made clear in recent weeks and ever since the referendum that he wants Britain to remain a member of the Single Market:
- He wrote a blog backing a petition to keep Britain in the Single Market: http://www.open-britain.co.uk/chuka_umunna_backs_our_campaign_one_market_millions_of_jobs
- He called on the government to “do all it can to ensure British membership of the European Single Market.” 13/09/2016, http://www.voteleavewatch.org.uk/davis_confirms_that_britain_could_face_destructive_wto_tariffs_outside_the_eu
- “The government must focus on negotiating a deal with the EU that preserves the best aspects of our membership, like our place in the Single Market.” 11/09/2016, http://www.voteleavewatch.org.uk/vote_leave_watch_responds_to_the_launch_of_the_change_britain_campaign.
- “Labour should be fighting for Britain to stay in the Single Market, not turning a blind eye to its advantages. I hope our party clarifies its position in support of UK membership of the Single Market.” 07/09/2016, http://www.voteleavewatch.org.uk/umunna_single_market_membership_is_vital_for_british_working_people