General Election 2017: the national Party Manifestos
What they say about the EU Customs Union, the Single Market, and a
possible "No Deal" with the EU
The Conservative and Unionist Manifesto
“We will make sure we have certainty and clarity over our future,
control of our own laws, and a more unified, strengthened United
Kingdom. We will control immigration and secure the entitlements of EU
nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU. ... We will
pursue free trade with European markets, and secure new trade
agreements with other countries. ...
And on the prospect of “no deal”:
As we leave the European Union, we will no longer be members of the
single market or customs union but we will seek a deep and special
partnership including a comprehensive free trade and customs
agreement.” (page 36)
"The negotiations will undoubtedly be tough, and there will be give and
take on both sides, but we continue to believe that no deal is better
than a bad deal for the UK. But we will enter the negotiations in a
spirit of sincere cooperation and committed to getting the best deal
for Britain. We will make sure we have certainty and clarity over our
future, control of our own laws, and a more unified, strengthened
United Kingdom. We will control immigration and secure the entitlements
of EU nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU.” (pages 35-36)
The Labour Party Manifesto:
"We will scrap the Conservatives’ Brexit White Paper and replace it with
fresh negotiating priorities that have a strong emphasis on retaining
the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Union – which are
essential for maintaining industries, jobs and businesses in Britain.
Labour will always put jobs and the economy first." (page 24)
And on “no deal”:
"Freedom of movement will end when we leave the European Union.
Britain’s immigration system will change, but Labour will not scapegoat
migrants nor blame them for economic failures." (page 28)
“Labour recognises that leaving the EU with ‘no deal’ is the worst
possible deal for Britain and that it would do damage to our economy
and trade. We will reject ‘no deal’ as a viable option and if needs be
negotiate transitional arrangements to avoid a ‘cliff-edge’ for the UK
economy.” (page 24)
The Liberal Democrat Manifesto
"Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to give the final say to
the British people in a referendum on whether to accept the deal or
remain in the EU.
Keep the UK in the single market and customs union - trade must
continue without damaging customs controls at the border. ...
Membership of the Single Market and Customs Union: We believe that any
deal negotiated for the UK outside the EU must ensure that trade can
continue without customs controls at the border; and must maintain
membership of the Single Market, which smooths trade between the UK and
the continent by providing a common ‘rule book’ for businesses and a
common mechanism to ensure that everyone abides by the rules.
Freedom of movement. We support the principle of freedom of movement –
to abandon it would threaten Britain’s prosperity and reputation as an
open, tolerant society. Any deal negotiated for the UK outside the EU
must protect the right to work, travel, study and retire across the EU.
Any restrictions sought by the government must take account of the
vital importance of EU workers to the British economy, including public
"1 The Legal Test Parliament must resume its supremacy of law-making
without restriction. Britain must be completely free from the
jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, and we must be free, if
we wish, to relinquish our membership of the European Court of Human
2 The Migration Test Britain must have full control of immigration and
asylum policies, and border control. We must be not be bound by any
freedom of movement obligation, and we must be free to set and meet our
own annual migration targets. ...
4 The Trade Test The UK must retake its seat on the World Trade
Organisation and resume its sovereign right to sign trade agreements
with other entities or supra-national bodies. We must have full rights
to set our own tariff and non-tariff barriers consistent with WTO
rules, and we must have left both the EU single market and the customs
The Green Party Manifesto:
"The Green Party supported the Remain campaign and continue to believe
that membership of the EU makes our future more hopeful and secure.
We will demand that the terms of the final deal are closely
scrutinised. We do not accept that either a "hard" Brexit or an exit
from the EU without a deal is in the interests of the British people.
We will be actively campaigning to safeguard jobs, uphold basic rights
and put environmental protection at the heart of any future trade
A referendum on the detail of whatever deal is
negotiated for Britain's departure from the EU, with the option to
reject the deal and remain in the EU.
Protect freedom of movement, press for remaining
within the single market, and safeguard vital rights for people and the
Immediately guarantee the rights of EU citizens to remain in the UK and
urgently seek reciprocal arrangements for UK citizens in the EU."