Labour does not support second European Union referendum - Corbyn

Caroline Lucas

Mr Corbyn also said today that there would "have to be a customs union with the EU obviously" but again insisted that Britain can not be a part of the EU's Single Market without being a member of the EU.

Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie responded on Twitter, seemingly rejecting Mr Corbyn's statement by posting four times: "The Single Market is NOT dependent on membership of the European Union #worthrepeating".

Pressed on ITV's Peston on Sunday programme whether that meant Labour would "never support a second referendum" in the future, Corbyn avoided the question.

"Only the Conservatives are working to ensure that when the United Kingdom leaves the EU we take back control of our laws, money and borders - Labour just can't be trusted to deliver on leaving the European Union".

The Labour leader said: "We are not supporting or calling for a second referendum".

And last week former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said a second vote might be needed to end the "whinging and whining" of anti-Brexit campaigners. "What we have called for is a meaningful vote in Parliament".

But when asked about Labour's stance could change in the future Mr Corbyn failed to deliver a clear response.

He added: "We've had a Referendum and we lost and you won, I accept that" but he said the public was becoming more anxious about the issue.


She said that enough would be known about the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union by the autumn for her to make a recommendation to the Scottish Parliament on whether to hold a second referendum on independence.

"We have to make a special relationship with the European Union".

Media captionBamboozled by Brexit?

The Labour leader cited European Union state aid rules as another reason why he wanted to be outside the single market, despite conceding that Brussels would not stand in the way of Labour implementing its manifesto.

Deputy Tory party chairman James Cleverly said the comments showed that Labour was trying to frustrate Brexit. The SNP, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and Greens have joined forces to back an amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill when it returns to the Commons this week.

The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has said permanent membership of a customs union with the EU27 could be a "viable" longterm option and should be kept on the table.

"I think we are in the right direction on that".

He also called for changes to the EU customs union, which sets common external tariffs for countries outside the EU, suggesting it was "in come cases protectionist against developing countries".

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