A group of 20 members of the European Parliament have asked British Prime Minister Theresa May to keep Britain in the single market and customs union after the U.K. leaves the bloc.
In a letter sent to the prime minister, the MEPs argued that Britain risks becoming a “rule taker” rather than a “rule maker” after Brexit, and that membership of the single market would help the U.K. maintain the most influence, according to aGuardian report published today.
“The best way to secure Britain’s prosperity would be to remain close to Europe, inside the single market and customs union, and to secure a deal that keeps Britain in the room,” the Guardian quotes the letter as saying.
“Sadly, this no longer seems likely. So, if the price of a Brexit turns out to be a loss of control over the rules and an economy that will leave us poorer, people have every right to keep an open mind about whether the Brexit course chartered by our government is the right path for our country.”
The letter is signed by three Conservative MEPs, 12 of Labour’s 20 MEPs, and several members of the Liberal Democrats and Greens.