LABOUR U-TURN: Starmer; Labour Want ‘Easy’ Movement
Sir Keir Starmer, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, has told Andrew Marr that Labour would want to negotiate “easy” movement as part of a Brexit deal with the EU.
In 2017, Labour stood on a manifesto which stated starkly that “freedom of movement” will end in a move obviously intended to fool potential supporters into believing that they would take a hard-line on this issue.
Mr Starmer was questioned intensely by Mr Marr and said that the precise conditions affecting immigration from the European Union would be subject to negotiation but when asked if he wanted “easy movement”, he said, “yes, of course”. He agreed with Mr Marr that Britain would “continue with a big migration back and forward and continue paying in”. When challenged whether this would make Britain a “vassal state” he replied that Labour was speaking with a “unified voice”.
His position, however, aligns the Labour Party in direct opposition to the position adopted by a majority of Britons and many Labour supporters. The ORB International monthly Brexit tracker found 46% supported the statement that controlling immigration is more important than free trade.
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