Labour MPs attempt to keep Britain in the single market with a Commons amendment


The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben - Flickr/mauricedb

Members of Parliament from Labour, SNP, Greens and Plaid Cymru will team up tomorrow to back an amendment to the Queen’s speech calling for the government to keep Britain in the single market and customs union, and for the richest to pay more tax.

The amendment will call for Brexit to “deliver the exact same benefits the UK has as a member of the single market and the customs union, ensures that there is no weakening of cooperation in security and policing, and maintains the existing rights of EU nationals living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU”.

Adding that “those who are richest and large corporations, those with the broadest shoulders, should pay more tax.”

MPs will vote on the amendment on Thursday afternoon, with a vote on the full Queen’s Speech in the evening.

The Labour party backed leaving the single market in its election manifesto, stating: “There will be an end to freedom of movement”, which cannot happen if Britain remains a member of the single market. But some Labour MPs are willing to turn against the manifesto they were elected on and vote for the amendment.

It is very unlikely that the amendment will pass as only a couple dozen MPs are expected to vote for it, but it will send a message to Brussels about disunity in both of Britain’s major parties. Some rebellious Conservative backbenchers, such as Anna Soubry, who’s openly called for Britain to remain in the single market, may back the amendment.

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