Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to Prime Minister Theresa May setting out five Brexit demands, that if met, would gain his party’s support.
Writing directly to the PM, Corbyn reiterated his plea that a no deal Brexit would be taken off the table, saying that “a clear majority in Parliament” supported this.
Corbyn also made reference to May’s trip to Brussels, where she will try to renegotiate a deal, which the EU have rejected multiple times in the past. However, the Labour leader said that any modifications would not be enough, and more needed to be done.
“Without changes to your negotiating red lines, we do not believe that simply seeking modifications to the existing backstop terms is a credible or sufficient response either to the scale of your defeat last month in Parliament, or the need for a deal with the EU that can bring the country together and protect jobs.”
Corbyn outlined the changes that he and his party want to see, and insinuated that if they were to be made, he and his party would support the Brexit deal in a Parliament vote.
The changes they want to see include:
- A permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union. This would include alignment with the union customs code, a common external tariff and an agreement on commercial policy that includes a UK say on future EU trade deals. Labour believe that a customs union is necessary to deliver the frictionless trade that UK businesses, workers and consumers need, and is the only viable way to ensure there is no hard border on the island of Ireland. A customs union is widely thought to be supported by most businesses and trade unions.
- Close alignment with the Single Market. This should be underpinned by shared institutions and obligations, with clear arrangements for dispute resolution.
- Dynamic alignment on rights and protections so that UK standards keep pace with evolving standards across Europe as a minimum, allowing the UK to lead the way.
- Clear commitments on participation in EU agencies and funding programmes, including in areas such as the environment, education, and industrial regulation.
- Unambiguous agreements on the detail of future security arrangements, including access to the European Arrest Warrant and vital shared databases.
Corbyn has said that he would welcome a meeting to discuss his proposals further, and called for a “sensible agreement”, that can “bring the country together”.
The Post have contacted the Government for a response.