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Why are people saying Labour’s attitude to Brexit has changed? It hasn’t 27 Aug 2017 19:38 #4034

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27 Sunday Aug 2017
Posted by Mike Sivier

There seems to be a lot of buzz about Labour opening a gap with the Conservatives over Brexit, but This Writer can’t see any difference – the differences have always been there.
Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer, in an article for The Guardian, has said transitional arrangements should be based on the current situation, with the UK retaining access to the Customs Union and the Single Market, rather than wasting time trying to negotiate some ‘bespoke’ arrangement.

It’s a far cry from the Tory determination to clear out of the CU and the SM with unseemly speed, but it is no different from Labour’s previously-stated policy. Indeed, Mr Starmer goes on to state explicitly that the UK must retain the benefits of the Customs Union and the Single Market in any future partnership deal. That has been Labour policy for a long time.

So what has changed?

Perhaps the commentators are crowing because the Conservative attitude has been changing with the wind, and Labour’s re-statement of its demands has created a sharp contrast.

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