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United Kingdom should accept free movement & stay in European Union single market

United Kingdom should accept free movement & stay in European Union single market”

Starmer added: "Remaining in a form of Customs Union with the EU is a possible end destination for Labour, but that must be subject to negotiations".

The UK Labour party's Shadow Secretary of State for Brexit says that the party would strive for a deal that would make it possible for the UK to stay in the EU customs union and the single market during the transitional period.

Starmer on Sunday dismissed "fanciful and unachievable" proposals set out by Brexit minister David Davis.

With a number of Conservative MPs agreeing with Labour's position, it is now unlikely the British government has a House of Commons majority to leave the single market during any transition period.

While the vast majority of the party's MPs were in favour of remaining in the European Union, the picture within its members and supporters was mixed with a significant number of traditional Labour voters expressing concerns over immigration.

Corbyn's party would also "leave open the option of the United Kingdom remaining a member of the customs union and single market for good, beyond the end of the transitional period", the paper said, but only if Labour could by then have persuaded the rest of the EU to agree to a special deal on immigration and changes to freedom of movement rules.

In a move created to establish itself as the "soft Brexit" party, Labour will call for full participation in the single market and customs union during a two to four year "transitional period" after the day of departure.

After the transitional period, Sir Keir said, the new relationship with the EU would "retain the benefits of the customs union and the single market", but how that would be achieved "is secondary to the outcome".

"It leaves unresolved some of the central issues the referendum exposed - in particular the need for more effective management of migration, which Labour recognise must be addressed in the final deal".

In yet another different Brexit position for Jeremy Corbyn's party, the Shadow Brexit Secretary has revealed he wants to allow freedom of movement to continue for up to FOUR YEARS.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said it was a "sensible and reasonable" approach to take, and would give working people "certainty" on their jobs and rights at work.

A paper subsequently published by the government said it could ask Brussels to establish a "temporary customs union" after March 2019.

Labour's move came as David Davis lashed out at Brussels and demanded the European Commission be more "flexible" in negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Yet pro-Remain MP Chuka Umunna said the news was "welcome" and would put jobs at the heart of the Government's negotiating strategy.



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