GETTYStephen Kinnock and Chuka Umunna want to keep the UK in EEA, at least for a transitional period
The politicians believe it may be possible to force Theresa May to yield on the issue, it has been reported. Members of the EEA are part of the EU’s single market, which would mean Britain has to accept the free movement and other EU rules even after officially leaving the Brussels bloc.
Labour MPs such as Stephen Kinnock, Chuka Umunna and Heidi Alexander are considering ways to work with some Tories to keep the UK in EEA, at least for a transitional period.
In a plea for cross-party unity, Mr Kinnock said: “The EEA is a well-established and well understood arrangement that allows us to leave the EU by walking calmly over a bridge rather than leaping recklessly off a cliff edge.”
Downing Street has ruled out staying in the EEA, saying an exit will occur automatically at the point of Brexit.Related articles
Existing non-EU members of the EEA include Norway and Iceland.
Chancellor Philip Hammond is understood to believe there is no time for the UK to negotiate a bespoke agreement with the EU.
Mr Hammond has said to businesses that it would be best to have an off-the-shelf arrangement, which would mirror the advantages of the single