Posted on Sep 02, 2017
The Labour Party will propose changes to the government’s EU repeal bill to ensure it does not exclude Britain remaining in the single market and customs union as part of a transitional Brexit period, The Times has reported.
On Thursday of next week (7th Sept), British MPs will hold their first full parliamentary debate on legislation dubbed the ‘Great Repeal Bill’ which will sever the country’s ties with the European Union.
Labour will call on Prime Minister Theresa May to make a series of changes including allowing parliament to replicate any new EU laws on employment rights, the environment and consumer protection, according to a letter sent by Labour’s Brexit spokesman to minister David Davis.
The party, led by leftist Jeremy Corbyn, will also say that Britain should continue to participate in the customs union, single market and the European Court of Justice during the anticipated transitional period, with Labour seeking to attract support from pro-European Conservative MPs, according to Reuters, who also report that the Labour has not yet made any official comment.
The party said last week that it wanted to keep Britain in the European single market and customs union for a while after Britain formally leaves the EU in 2019, offering an alternative to the Conservative government’s stance.
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