‘Britain CAN be better off after Brexit’ Jeremy Corbyn makes dramatic Labour U-turn on EU


‘Britain CAN be better off after Brexit’ Jeremy Corbyn makes dramatic Labour U-turn on EU
  1. ‘Britain CAN be better off after Brexit’ Jeremy Corbyn makes dramatic Labour U-turn on EU
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    LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn will make a dramatic U-turn on the party’s stance on on the European Union, saying the country “can be better off” after Brexi…
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Mr Corbyn, who has previously advocated the EU principle of freedom of movement of the bloc’s citizens and now shifted position, saying that the opposition party is “not wedded” to the idea.

Labour wants "fair rules and reasonably managed migration" in the settlement between the UK and EU but the country cannot afford to lose full access to the single market, Mr Corbyn will say.

The party’s Deputy Leader Tom Watson threw the party’s stance on membership of the EU into confusion when he said the party's policy was unclear on Sunday.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

EU leaders have made it perfectly clear that there cannot be a situation where a country is a member of the internal market with out allowing freedom of movement.

Mr Corbyn will say: "Labour is not wedded to freedom of movement for EU citizens as a point of principle.

"But nor can we afford to lose full access to the European markets on which so many British businesses and jobs depend. Changes to the way migration rules operate from the EU will be part of the negotiations.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has made a dramatic U-turn over the party's stance on the EU

"Labour supports fair rules and reasonably managed migration as part of the post-Brexit relationship with the EU.

"Unlike the Tories, Labour will not offer false promises on immigration targets or sow division by scapegoating migrants.

"But Labour will take action against undercutting of pay and conditions by closing down cheap labour loopholes, banning exclusive advertising of jobs abroad and strengthening workplace protections.

"That would have the effect of reducing numbers of EU migrant workers in the most deregulated sectors, regardless of the final Brexit deal."

However in the speech Mr Corbyn will attack the Conservative government for its failure to set out a clear Brexit strategy or its ability to set out clear goals in upcoming negotiations once Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has been triggered.

"Not since the Second World War has Britain's ruling elite so recklessly put the country in such an exposed position without a plan," he will say.

"There can be no question of giving Theresa May's Tories a free pass in the Brexit negotiations. Unlike the Tories, Labour will insist on a Brexit that works not just for City interests, but in the interests of us all."

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