Welsh first minister: 'No need to leave the single market'

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 24, 2017

What does Labour stand for when it comes to Brexit and, specifically, the single market?

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, the Labour leader ruled out keeping Britain in the single market as an option he would consider, claiming that European Union membership and single market membership are "inextricably linked".

Corbyn said that Labour would argue for "tarriff-free trade access" instead.

"I don't accept that, I don't accept its necessary at all", he said.

She said: "It's not just the Conservatives, it's also Labour who have made it clear that is their position, to leave the single market and they suggest without doing so you're not honouring what the British people want, which is to leave the European Union". Umunna tabled an amendment last month calling on the government to keep Britain in the single market which was signed by 49 Labour MPs, despite Corbyn instructing them to obey his orders and not do so.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Jones said he did not accept that exiting the European Union means leaving the single market, particularly when Welsh farmers are dependent on tariff-free access to the bloc. Over 80% of Labour members support Britain staying in the single market, it was revealed earlier this month. His colleague Wes Streeting MP said that it is "factually untrue" to claim you can't be in the single market without first being in the EU.

Umunna on Sunday posted further tweets claiming that being in the single market "promotes social justice" and would help "end austerity".

And he warned that staying in the EU's custom's union would be a "disaster" because Britain would be forced to aide by the EU's deals without having a say in brokering them.

Mr Corbyn said Labour had made it clear it wanted tariff free trade with the EU but had not "jumped on either side" of the fence on customs union membership.

It is not just the single market that Labour is struggling to get to grips with.

Theresa May has also said the Conservatives want to leave both the single market and the customs union.

It forced Mr Corbyn to sack three front benchers and a fourth resigned.

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