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Monday, 11th Jun 2018

Bristol Greens urge local MPs to back important vote on staying in the Single Market

Bristol Green Councillors have today jointly written to the four Bristol MPs urging them to “support the Lords’ amendment to find an EEA-style solution to the Brexit problem”. The letter comes ahead of the debate in the House of Commons on the EU Withdrawal Bill where a series of amendments from the Lords will be discussed and voted on.

The House of Commons is to consider 15 amendments made to the bill in the Lords, covering areas including giving parliament a meaningful final vote, as well as seeking to keep the UK in the EEA customs union after departure.

Commenting, leader of the Green Group of Councillors Eleanor Combley said,

“Bristol is an international city. We rely heavily both economically and socially on access to the Single Market. Rightly, people will be looking to their MPs to be working cross-party to protect the social fabric and economic foundations of our city. To do this, they must vote for the Lords’ amendment that will keep us in the Single Market. It’s that simple, anything else is just party political smoke and mirrors.”

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Notes:

1. What is the European Economic Area? The European Economic Area (EEA) brings together the EU Member States and three of the EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). It was established by the EEA Agreement, an international agreement which enables these three EFTA States to participate fully in the Single Market. It covers the four freedoms, i.e. the free movement of goods, capital, services and persons, plus competition and state aid rules and horizontal areas related to the four freedoms (see point 4 for an overview of what is included in the EEA Agreement). The objective of the EEA Agreement is to create a homogenous European Economic Area. All relevant EU legislation in the field of the Single Market is integrated into the EEA Agreement so that it applies throughout the whole of the EEA, ensuring uniform application of laws relating to the Single Market. Source - http://www.efta.int/eea/eea-agreement/eea-basic-features#1 

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