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Express: Labour accused of ‘betrayal’ over plan to keep Britain in EU’s single market

Date: 28 08 2017

Labour accused of ‘betrayal’ over plan to keep Britain in EU’s single market

LABOUR faced furious accusations of betrayal last night over a plan to keep Britain in the EU’s single market and customs union.

In a dramatic U-turn it called for the UK to remain signed up to Brussels for up to four years after departure in 2019.

That would include continued free movement for  migrants.

Brexit spokesman Sir Keir Starmer is also understood to want a future  government to strike a deal that could extend single market membership indefinitely.

His policy shift, which was signed off by the Labour leader’s office last week, reversed the party’s previous promise to back a clean break from the EU.

Angry  campaigners last night condemned the move as an attempt to effectively sabotage the EU exit demanded by last year’s in-or-out .

Richard Tice, of the pressure group Leave Means Leave, said: “This is one of the most astonishing U-turns in modern political history.

By backsliding on Brexit, the Labour Party has completely betrayed its manifesto commitment and the people who voted for it less than three months ago in the General Election.

“To remain in the single market and customs union during an unlimited transition period would create long-term uncertainty and be disastrous for British businesses.”

They would be “unable to reap the economic benefits of Brexit until it is fully implemented, not to mention the weak negotiating position it would put Britain in”.

He said that a further suggestion that Britain could negotiate a new single market and customs union arrangement is “delusional and completely at odds with what the British people voted for”.

A Tory spokesman said: “The truth is Labour have no idea what they want and this is a weak attempt to kick the can down the road.”

Tory MP Maria Caulfield, who was on the Commons EU Exit Committee, said that only last month Labour leader  was stating that a Labour government would leave the single market.