UK could stay in EU single market permanently: Labour deputy leader


The British Labour Party’s deputy leader has said his party will push for the United Kingdom to remain within the European Single Market permanently.    

In an interview on Friday, Tom Watson admitted Labour is now positioning itself as the party of “soft Brexit.”

He said Britain’s continued membership in the bloc’s single market and customs union in the transitional period after withdrawal from the EU could be a “permanent outcome” of the Brexit negotiations.  

His comments reflect a shift in Labour’s Brexit policy following shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer’s announcement. Starmer recently outlined Labour’s new blueprint for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union which would see Britain keep existing trading arrangements and current market access during a period of up to four years, after Britain formally leaves the EU in 2019.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell have both…

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