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If Jeremy Corbyn wants to provide real leadership on Brexit, he should come out for the single market

The Labour leader’s speech confirmed that we can’t have our cake and eat it too. So when will he take the final step and pledge to remain in the single market?

By Alex Dean  

The Labour leader makes his Customs Union speech in Coventry. Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Wire/PA Images

Well, there you have it. Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed that Labour would seek to keep the UK in a customs union with the European Union post-Brexit. The move was expected; still it is worth unpacking just what it means.

The first point is that the economics is sound. Brexit is largely an exercise in damage-limitation: the closer Britain remains to its largest trading partner, the better. While membership of a customs union would restrict…

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