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Alistair Carmichael urges cross-party effort to stay in single market

The Lib Dem chief whip says “like minded” Tory and Labour MPs should come together.

A Commons bid to keep Britain in the single market should be backed by “like minded” Tory and Labour MPs, the Liberal Democrats have said.

Lib Dem chief whip Alistair Carmichael is in talks with MPs from across the Commons urging them to support an amendment to the Queen’s Speech intended to force the Government to modify its Brexit plans.

Mr Carmichael said: “This is a historic chance to defeat the Government and force Theresa May to rethink her approach to Brexit.

“Many people, including those who voted Leave, are increasingly worried about what Brexit will mean for our economy and living standards.

“It is our responsibility as MPs to listen to these concerns and work together to get the best possible deal.

“We’re now staring over the precipice at the economic reality of an extreme Brexit. Future generations won’t forgive us if we fail to act.”

The amendment expresses regret the Queen’s Speech “contained no proposals to keep Britain in the single market and the customs union”.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s minority Government is eight seats shy of a Commons majority as talks to cut a deal with the 10 strong block of Democratic Unionist Party MPs continue.

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