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Corbyn: UK Can't Stay in EU Single Market After Brexit

Corbyn: UK Can't Stay in EU Single Market After Brexit”

His shadow ministers will have meetings to discuss policy and strategy over the next week and are not expected to be subjected to a reshuffle.

He was asked whether his party members would be directed to vote with the Tories against the SNP in a House of Commons vote if Nicola Sturgeon continues to call for membership of the single market. "We will continue to oppose Brexit in principle and practice and back Scotland's continued place in the single market".

He replied: "The Labour party members of parliament will vote according to the best interests of the people we represent and there are times that may mean, as it has in the course of these Brexit votes, that we walk through the lobby with the SNP".

Other MPs backed up the account and another said: "Corbyn again claimed that no country can be in the single market but outside the European Union - clearly Norway needs to get in touch".

Chuka Umunna, who is pushing for his party to take a pro-single market stance, is reported to have left the meeting early.

Mr Blackford added: "Extreme Tory plans to drag Scotland and the United Kingdom out of the single market and customs union will take a wrecking ball to our economy - destroying hundreds of thousands of jobs, and damaging people's incomes, livelihoods, and living standards for decades to come". Some hope to team up with rebellious Conservatives to inflict defeats on the Government.

They are supporting the Tory rush to the most irresponsible and disastrous Brexit.

One Labour Mp told The Guardian after the meeting: 'The key thing is about keeping all the options on the table when it comes to the single market and customs union.

The party's ambivalence was regarded as a vote-winner at the General Election previous year.

Mr Corbyn cited the work done by Ed Miliband in his Doncaster North constituency to challenge unfair lending practices as an example of bringing about change at a local level.

Labour declined to take part in the cross party talks that came up with the agreement, however, Jeremy Corbyn saying last night that it was not possible for the United Kingdom stay in the single market after Brexit.

Mr Blackford invited the Labour leader to the summit before new year but said he had indicated in a letter that Labour would not attend. The Westminster leaders of the Liberal Democrats, Greens and Plaid Cymru all attended. The single market isn't a membership club.

The market is a free trade area, but also a protectionist bloc erecting trade barriers to the rest of the world.

Labour sources supportive of Mr Corbyn said "confusion arose" about single market membership because countries such as Norway - cited by many Labour MPs as a possible model for Britain post-Brexit - have negotiated access to the single market in return for "accepting the majority of the rules but, for example, have opted out on fishing".

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