s to the single market” in a Brexit deal with the EU, Jeremy Corbyn declared today.

The Labour leader made the promise today in a major address to the Labour party conference in Brighton.

In a speech which saw him declare Labour a ‘government in waiting’, he said his team would negotiate a Brexit deal that would guarantee single market access.

The use of the word “guarantee” appeared to go further than previous statements on the matter, suggesting he may give up on other aspects of a deal to secure the access Labour wants.

The word “unimpeded” also appeared to be more wide-ranging than “tariff-free”, the phrase Mr Corbyn has used before.

Yet aides insisted there had been no change to Labour’s policy.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/labour-would-guarantee-unimpeded-access-11247408

It appeared to be a shift in wording – yet aides insisted there was no change to Labour’s policy (Image: Daily Mirror)

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A senior Labour source said the phrasing simply showed such single market access was a “priority”, adding: “We’ve actually been completely consistent.

“Which is to say that is our priority, jobs and the economy come first, tariff-free access to the single market. But what institutional form that takes is a second order questions.”

Earlier this week, Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, told the conference that Labour could keep the UK in a form of customs union with the EU and negotiate a new single market relationship after withdrawal.

In his flagship speech, Mr Corbyn said there was a “real divide” between the withdrawals from the EU envisioned by Labour and the Tories.

He added: “A shambolic Tory Brexit driving down standards, or ours, which puts jobs first and works for the many, one that guarantees unimpeded access to the single market and establishes a new, co-operative relationship with Europe.

“A Brexit that uses powers returned from Brussels to support a new industrial strategy to upgrade our economy in every region and nation.

Mr Corbyn said there was a “real divide” between his Brexit policy and the Tories’ (Image: REX/Shutterstock)
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“One that puts our economy first, not fake immigration targets that fan the flames of fear.”

Mr Corbyn said a powerful faction of the Tory leadership wanted to turn the UK into a tax haven on the edge of Europe, turning Britain into a “playground for the hedge funds and speculators”.

He added: “Labour is the only party that can bring together those who voted leave and those who backed remain and unite the country for a future beyond Brexit.”

He said a Labour government would take action to stop employers driving down pay and conditions, and “not pander to scapegoating or racism”.

Mr Corbyn added that Labour stood ready to take over Brexit negotiations from the Government, as he praised Sir Keir as well as Emily Thornberry – the shadow foreign secretary, and shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/labour-would-guarantee-unimpeded-access-11247408

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Conference Speech

  • ‘We are now the mainstream’
  • Speech text in full
  • 11 things we learned
  • Corbyn’s sweeping housing reforms
  • Victory for Mirror’s organ campaign
  • A shift in Brexit policy?
  • Ovation for bullied Diane Abbott
  • We should say NO to Trump
  • SKETCH: So much has changed
  • The party leader said Labour would secure a new cooperative relationship with Europe.
    Corbyn’s common sense revolution
  • Jeremy Corbyn would win a snap election
  • Why Labour will win

    See also

The Telegraph:

Labour Party conference: Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit shift as he promises ‘guaranteed unimpeded access to Single Market’

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/27/labour-party-conference-day-four-live-jeremy-corbyn-sparks-fears/