#AceNewsReport – Aug.29: Open Britain movement to put pressure on Theresa May during Brexit talks
Pat McFadden, Anna Soubry and Norman Lamb represent rival parties but have come together for Open Britain (Picture: PA)
Former ministers from rival parties have joined forces in a bid to secure the best possible future for Britain post- #Brexit.
The campaign Open Britain, which has taken over directly from the official Remain campaign Stronger In, aims to ensure that the country is open and inclusive to business and trade with Europe and the rest of the world.
It is set to formally launch later on Friday, but the MPs behind the campaign have set out their mission statement on Open Britain’s website.
They are three Remain-supporting MPs from Remain-voting constituencies: Anna Soubry from the Conservatives, Labour’s Pat McFadden and Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb.
Open Britain will challenge Prime Minister Theresa May during negotiations with the EU, urging her to resist ‘false choices’ including remaining in or quitting the single market.
It has sparked plenty of interest today, with Open Britain trending on social media for hours.
In today’s Sunday Times, the three MPs stressed that Britain can’t cut itself off from the rest of the world.
Open Britain could step up the pressure on Theresa May (Picture: Getty)
They said: ‘June 23 was a moment of change. The strength of feeling is clear. Free movement of people cannot continue as it has done. It has to be reformed.
‘This was not an expression of prejudice but rather a desire for managed migration and concern that rapid immigration can put pressure on public services and local communities.
‘Calls for reform must sit with a positive argument about the benefits that immigration brings.
‘If we interpret the referendum result as a vote for a more insular and less inclusive country, or one in which the only way to advance working people’s living standards is to turn our face against the world, we will have converted a defeat into a tragedy.’
The alliance has been supported by former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, who tweeted his support.
Very pleased to support Open Britain – campaigning for the best deal for Britain’s future https://t.co/ORCU53SGqg pic.twitter.com/TZ3pETWp5Q
— Nick Clegg (@nick_clegg) August 28, 2016
Open Britain has inherited 500,000 grassroots supporters from Stronger In as well as the campaign’s social media assets.
The group has added that it is not arguing for a second referendum.
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