Labour Signals New Direction on Brexit

The Labour Party has confirmed that it is changing its policy on Brexit to support an interim arrangement which would allow the UK to temporarily remain in the Single Market. The move, signalled by Keir Starmer, would also mean that the UK would continue to pay into the EU budget for around four years.

Writing in the Observer newspaper, Starmer who is the Shadow Secretary of State for Leaving the European Union, said:

“We will always put jobs and the economy first. That means remaining in a form of customs union with the EU is a possible end destination for Labour, but that must be subject to negotiations. It also means that Labour is flexible as to whether the benefits of the single market are best retained by negotiating a new single market relationship or by working up from a bespoke trade deal”.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has confirmed that Starmer was speaking for the Shadow Cabinet in a move which may put pressure on pro-EU Tories to support them.