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Rejoin the Single Market

We must rebuild our broken relationship with Europe, and push to rejoin the Single Market.

The Conservatives have damaged our standing on the world stage, our relationships with our closest neighbours, and our economy.

Liberal Democrats want a way forward which works for Britain - that cuts down red tape, reduces costs for businesses and makes people better off as a result.

We are the only major party calling for a return to the Single Market, to boost our economy, bring costs down and benefit businesses and families.

Our four-stage plan is as follows:

  • Taking immediate action to improve links with our European neighbours, including building closer ties in education by reforming the government’s Turing scheme.
  • Further steps to build confidence and establish stronger relationships with Europe, including seeking cooperation agreements with EU agencies, returning to Erasmus Plus and seeking to reach a UK-EU agreement on asylum seekers.
  • Deepening trade with Europe, including by negotiating greater access for our world-leading UK food and animal products to the Single Market, securing deals on sector-specific work visas and establishing mutual recognition of professional qualifications.
  • Once the trading relationship between the UK and the EU is deepened, and the ties of trust and friendship are renewed, aim to place the UK–EU relationship on a more formal and stable footing by seeking to join the Single Market.

Return to the Single Market!

We, the undersigned, call on the current government to take steps to rejoining the Single Market during the next Parliament.

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