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Brexit: MPs reject bid to stay in EEA amid Labour revolt

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Attempts to preserve the UK in the European Economic Area after Brexit have been defeated in the House of Commons, amid a main Labour revolt over the difficulty.

A Lords modification to the EU Withdrawal Bill, committing the UK to retain EEA membership after it leaves subsequent 12 months, was reversed by 327 votes to 126.

Jeremy Corbyn urged his MPs to abstain however 75 voted for and 15 towards.

Shadow minster Laura Smith and 4 junior aides stop their jobs in order to defy the party whip over the difficulty.

Earlier, Labour failed in an try to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill with their very own different movement to assure “full access” to European markets after Brexit however exterior the EEA.

This was defeated by 322 votes to 240 in Parliament.

The authorities received the EEA vote comfortably after Labour abstained, though a handful of Tory MPs, together with former lawyer normal Dominic Grieve, indicated they’d again the movement.

All members of the EU additionally belong to the EEA alongside non-EU nations reminiscent of Norway and Lichtenstein. The latter have full entry to the EU single market however are obliged, in return, to make a monetary contribution and settle for he majority of EU legal guidelines.

The free motion of individuals additionally applies in the zone because it does in the EU.

During Commons exchanges, supporters of the EEA stated it will be an financial “lifeboat” for the UK after Brexit, however critics stated it will in impact nullify the results of the 2016 referendum.

‘No say’

In a assertion, Jeremy Corbyn stated he understood the “difficulties” going through MPs “representing constituencies which voted strongly for Leave or Remain” on the difficulty of the EEA.

But he insisted Labour couldn’t help the so-called Norway mannequin as he didn’t consider it was the “right option” for the UK.

“It would leave us with next to no say over rules we have to follow, it does not allow us to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union and it fails to resolve the Irish border issue,” he stated.

MPs additionally overturned different modifications made to the invoice by the Lords, together with a requirement for ministers to set out steps to negotiate a customs union with the EU.

The authorities agreed a compromise with potential Tory rebels earlier this week to work in the direction of a “customs arrangement” with the EU. This received the help of the Commons by 325 votes to 298.

Child refugees

On the second day of debate on the UK’s flagship Brexit laws, ministers conceded modifications on refugee coverage after Brexit.

They accepted a proposal by Labour MP Yvette Cooper to widen the phrases below which unaccompanied youngster refugees may very well be reunited with members of the family residing in the UK.

The authorities had already agreed to enable unaccompanied kids to declare asylum in the UK if it was deemed to be in their “best interests”.

But, following Ms Cooper’s intervention, ministers have agreed to drop a clause stating this might solely occur if the members of the family already in the UK have been over 18 years of age.

Solicitor General Robert Buckland stated ministers had listened “very carefully” to the views of MPs from completely different events and would amend the invoice when it returns to the Lords subsequent week.

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