Streeting – time for Labour to make “game-changing” commitment on Single Market

Wes Streeting MP, a leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, will this morning tell the Fabian Society’s conference in London that Labour needs to end its status as the biggest barrier to continued UK membership of the Single Market, and instead make a “game changing” commitment to both it and the Customs Union.

Extracts follow. 

Labour is now the single biggest barrier to Single Market membership:

"... on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union – the single biggest issue facing our country in a generation – we find ourselves in the terrible position where it is the Labour Party that currently stands as the single biggest barrier to the UK’s membership of the Single Market and Customs Union."

With Labour, there would be a majority in the Commons for Single Market membership, but not without. 

Adopting a pro-Single Market position would be a game-changing moment:

"... if the Labour Party announced tomorrow that we would keep Britain in the Single Market and Customs Union it would be a game-changing moment in British politics. The policy would command a majority in the Commons and a majority in the country.

Labour's current position is a fudge - there is no 'jobs first Brexit' outside the Single Market:

"...the fudge that got us through the general election won't get us through 2018. If the Left really had the ideological momentum we wouldn't be man-marking the Tories, keeping one step from their position; we'd be making the running and setting the agenda. We wouldn't be ruling out membership of the single market, we'd be telling voters that there is no such thing as a 'jobs first Brexit' without it."

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