A committee of MPs, many of whom opposed Brexit, have launched a new push to potentially keep the Uk tied to European Union (EU) rules and regulations, with member Jacob Rees-Moogs rebelling and defending a clean Brexit.
According to the cross-party committee, the UK should consider staying in the European Economic Area (EEA), which extends Single Market membership to non-EU members, and participants such as Norway have been forced to open their borders to the bloc.
The demand is contained in a report published by a 21-member Exiting The European Union Committee of MPs, which is chaired by the former Labour Cabinet minister Hilary Benn.
The committee sets out targets for Prime Minister Theresa May in negotiations, but pro-Brexit members have repeatedly rebelled against its suggestions, believing them to be bad for a clean Brexit and the UK.
According to Sky News, Mr. Rees-Mogg said the latest report was another attempt to block a clean Brexit, after he disowned last months report, calling for a longer Brexit ‘transition period.’
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Mr. Rees-Mogg declared: “The committee’s report is another effort by Remainers to reverse the result. The High Priests of Remain on the select committee voted to thwart Brexit by stealth.
“This serves no useful purpose as select committees’ reports are only influential if they are unanimous, dividing on Leave-Remain lines simply re-fights the referendum.”
The majority of committee members, however, are against a clean Brexit however, and are say if Brexit talks don not result in a “deep and special partnership,” the UK should submit to EEA/EFTA rules.
Launching the report, Mr. Benn said: “It is vital that UK businesses are able to continue to trade freely and sell services into our largest market after we leave, without additional costs or burdens or a hard border in Northern Ireland and that we maintain close co-operation on defence, security, data and information sharing and consumer safety.”
A spokesman for Mr. Davis’s Brexit department said: “As the Prime Minister said at Mansion House, the UK Government is seeking the broadest and deepest possible partnership with the EU, covering more sectors and co-operating more fully than any free trade agreement anywhere in the world today.”