British Prime Minister Theresa May has been forced to allow MPs to have a vote on remaining in the European Economic Area (EEA) following multiple fresh defeats in the House of Lords.
On Tuesday, the House of Lords, the unelected upper chamber which scrutinizes legislation, voted to try and force the UK to commit to retaining close relations with the EU single market after Brexit.
Labour peers voted on several more amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill, the piece of legislation which will formalize Brexit, blowing apart the strategy of both May and Jeremy Corbyn.
One of those amendments requires that the government begin negotiating future UK membership of the EEA, the so-called “Norway option.”
Lord Alli told the House that it was vitally important to remain a member of the EEA to ensure the future profitability of the UK’s export business and livelihoods of many thousands of people.