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Labour and the single market: baby steps, new ambiguities

Transitional deals have at this point become a glaring distraction

By Jonathan Lis  

Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

Attempts to divine Labour’s policy on the single market have, over the last year, more closely resembled repeated visits to a fickle or forgetful Greek oracle. Direct questions about the UK’s membership after Brexit—which as any Norwegian will point out, does not require membership of the EU—have elicited cryptic vagueness and continual contradiction. Responses have ranged from holding the door open to bolting it shut, or from prioritising jobs and the economy (which requires us to stay) to promising…

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