Following Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement she would push for Britain to leave the Single Market of the European Union, Lewes Lib Dems have announced their commitment to keeping Britain in.
Theresa May set out twelve objectives for her negotiations with the European Union, including controlling the UK's borders and leaving the Single Market. The Prime Minister argued for the 'greatest possible' access to the free market, but did not provide details or timelines.
Kelly-Marie Blundell, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes, slammed the Government's position;
“The Single Market provides security for our export and import trade in the UK, without this we will see tariffs imposed on businesses who simply cannot afford it.
“Businesses in Lewes and surrounding towns and villages rely on trade with the EU and Theresa May and the Conservatives are potentially signing a death warrant on their future.
“The Office of National Statistics shows 43% of UK exports go to the EU. The impact on our trade will be tremendous if we do not fight to stay in the Single Market.
“The people did not vote to leave the Single Market. Indeed the people of Lewes did not vote to leave the European Union at all.
“We must demand the Government responds to thousands of people who want to stay in the Single Market, and see a vote for the people on the final details of the Brexit negotiations.”
Lewes Liberal Democrats are running a petition to stay in the Single Market which can be signed here.