The leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, has today said that his party will support “the will of the people” in choosing to leave the single market as a result of leaving the European Union.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Corbyn said Britain will have a “partnership with Europe in the future but not as members of the European Union, because we [Labour] have accepted the results of the referendum.”
When asked whether membership of the single market is “compatible” with Brexit, Corbyn said that “the single market is a concept that requires membership of the European Union”, thereby admitting that continued membership of the market, as some of his backbenchers have advocated, is not on the table.
The Labour leader quickly went on to talk about the need for tariff-free access to the single market, which has previously been proposed by the government but batted down by EU leaders, led by German Chancellor Merkel, who said “Britain can’t have its cake and eat it.”
This latest clarification of position brings the Labour party closer to the government’s position and will bolster Brexiteers who now see him as far more of an ally than an opponent. He will be meeting the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, later this week.
— Bloomberg Brexit (@Brexit) July 6, 2017