‘Tories are in Brexit chaos’ says single market fan Corbyn

Written By: Ian Hernon
Published: March 11, 2018 Last modified: March 11, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn slammed Tory “chaos” over Brexit while stressing Labour’s commitment to a single market.

However, speaking at the Scottish Labour conference, the party leader said it would be “wrong” to sign up to a deal that was not “fully compatible with our radical plans to change Britain’s economy”.

His party would fight to “put jobs and living standards first” as the UK leaves the European Union.

And he stressed that “retaining the benefits of the customs union and the single market” was vital – saying this would help future Labour governments in Edinburgh and London to “fully implement our socialist programme”.

He told the conference: “As democratic socialists, we respect the result of the referendum. But Labour has its own common sense approach in stark contrast to the Tories’ extreme and reckless plans for Brexit. We would aim to negotiate a new and strong relationship with the single market and a floor under existing rights, standards and protections for workers and consumers.”

He added: “We are determined to negotiate a deal that gives us full tariff-free access to the single market.”

And he said any deal with the EU must be compatible with his plans for a “jobs first Brexit”, which would include nationalising the railways and the postal service, and to end the privatisation of public services.

Corbyn went on: “We also need to be clear, we could not accept a situation where we were subject to all EU rules and EU law, yet had no say in making those laws. “That would leave us as mere rule-takers and isn’t a tenable position for democracy.”

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Ian Hernon is Deputy Editor of Tribune