Please find below a comment on the new report from the influential Commons Brexit committee, which has urged the UK Government to consider negotiating continued membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) or joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).
Scottish Labour for the Single Market co-chair Ian Murray MP said:
“This report shows just how misguided the Tories are by ruling out sensible options for Britain’s future relationship with the EU.
“While the only way to fully protect jobs and the economy is to remain in the EU, if we are to leave then the least-worst option is continued membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union.
“This report demonstrates how vital it is that UK businesses are able to continue to trade freely and sell services into our largest market, without additional costs or burdens or a hard border in Northern Ireland.
“Parliament must get a meaningful vote on the deal – not some meaningless ‘take it or leave it’ charade from the Tories.”