‘HARD BREXIT’ LABOUR MANIFESTO REJECTED MEMBERSHIP OF SINGLE MARKET & CUSTOMS UNION
In recent days, some Labour MPs and even some Shadow Ministers have tried to muddy the waters over Labour’s position on Brexit. However the official position of the Labour Party, on which voters chose to vote Labour, is clear.
Labour’s policies preclude membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union. This is a simple fact.
LABOUR MANIFESTO BREXIT FACTS
1. Labour accepts Referendum result
“Labour accepts the referendum result and a Labour government will put the national interest first.”
2. Labour rejects Freedom of Movement
“Freedom of movement will end when we leave the European Union.”
3. Labour will negotiate new international trade deals
“Labour will work with global trading partners to develop ‘best-in-class’ free trade and investment agreements that remove trade barriers and promote skilled jobs and high standards.”
Source: Labour Party Manifesto, General Election June 2017
Membership of the Single Market and Customs Union automatically requires Freedom of Movement and automatically bans the negotiation of international trade deals.
By rejecting Freedom of Movement and committing to new international trade deals, Labour therefore makes it clear that its policy is to leave the EU and not to have membership of the Single Market or Customs Union.