The Prime Minister has sent a letter of reply to Jeremy Corbyn, in which she appears to rule out his request of including a permanent customs union in her Brexit deal.
Commenting, David Lammy MP, leading supporter of People’s Vote, said:
“Theresa May's letter makes it clear there is no hope of her agreeing for the UK to stay in a permanent customs union or to guarantee alignment with the EU on rights and protections after Brexit, as Jeremy Corbyn had requested.
“The Prime Minister will only consider a withdrawal deal vague enough to avoid settling any of the key questions about our future relationship with the EU. This may be the only way she can placate ERG hardliners and keep the Tory Party together, but it is not good enough for the country.
“The economy and tens of thousands of jobs are at risk, as well as workers', consumers' and environmental protections. The Labour Party cannot consider backing this form of blindfold Brexit. It is antithetical to our values and our purpose as a party.
“We have now entered the emergency zone of these negotiations, and the Prime Minister has swept off Labour's only other option off the table. We have now got to begin campaigning for a People's Vote."