JEREMY CORBYN ruled out staying in the single market today because doing so would be “dependent on membership of the European Union.”
The leader’s comments followed calls by some Labour figures for the party to change direction and campaign to remain in the single market and customs union after leaving the EU.
Mr Corbyn expressed concern about the single market’s drawbacks on ITV’s Peston on Sunday.
He said: “There are also aspects of the single market one wants to think about such as the restrictions on state aid to industry, which is something that I would wish to challenge.”
The Labour leader also made clear that the party is not supporting or calling for another referendum on withdrawal from the EU but wants MPs to be able to vote on any deal struck between Westminster and Brussels.
Mr Corbyn said Labour would vote against landmark Brexit legislation which returns to the Commons in the next few days unless the party’s demands are met in areas such as workers’ rights.
On the BBC1 Andrew Marr show, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said that the Leave vote must be respected but that “we don’t go very far” from the EU to minimise any damage to the economy.
On Sky, wishful remainer Labour’s former shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna claimed that single-market membership is not dependent on EU membership.
He cited non-EU nations Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland — members of the European Free Trade Association (Efta), along with Switzerland — as examples of countries that “fully participate in the single market.”
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