Brexit bombshell – Corbyn says single market ‘open for discussion’ in ANOTHER flip flop

JEREMY Corbyn has said single market membership is “open for discussion” despite shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer signalling the party could seek to stay in the EU market.


The opposition leader said Labour wanted a post-Brexit relationship with the EU which allows the UK to “trade within the single market”.And he said that it was “open for discussion” whether this should involve actual membership of the single market or some sort of special trading relationship.

The comments made during a BBC Radio 4 World at One interview come after Sir Keir announced last month that Labour favoured continued membership of the single market and customs union during a transition period lasting as long as four years after the formal Brexitdate of March 2019.

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson said Sir Keir’s transition deal announcement was indicative of the party’s soft approach to Brexit, further adding to the confusion.

Jeremy Corbyn and theresa MayBBC•GETTY

Jeremy Corbyn said the issue of single market membership was “open for discussion”

I want to build a relationship with Europe and I want to work in Europe – a Europe for the many and not the few

Jeremy Corbyn

But the party is yet to announce a firm policy for the longer term, with shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer saying Labour was “flexible” over whether to negotiate a new single market relationship or a bespoke trade deal and that future membership of the customs union was a possible end destination “subject to negotiations”.Asked about Labour’s plans following the implementation period, Mr Corbyn told the radio station: “We want a relationship which allows us to trade within the single market.

“Whether that’s formal membership – which is only possible, I believe, if you are actually a member of the EU – or whether it’s an agreed trading relationship, is open for discussion.”

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