Corbyn's single market stance would mean a 'jobs-lost' Brexit

Corbyns.pngThe Liberal Democrats have called on Jeremy Corbyn to end Labour's ambiguous stance and confirm whether his MPs will vote to keep the UK in the single market indefinitely.

It comes as the Labour leader gave a speech at the TUC calling for a "jobs-first" Brexit with "full access" to the European market, but insisted that free movement should end.

The Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill calling for a separate parliamentary vote on the UK's withdrawal from the European Economic Area (EEA), which would allow MPs to vote to stay in the single market.

The party has also tabled amendments to the bill to keep the UK in the customs union, protect the rights of EU citizens and secure a referendum on the final Brexit deal.

Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake commented:

"Labour's current muddled stance on the single market would lead to a 'jobs-lost Brexit.'

"Putting off leaving the single market will only delay the inevitable economic car crash by a few years. It's simply not sustainable.

"Jeremy Corbyn must come off the fence and order his MPs to back staying in the single market for the long-term.

"By working together across party lines, we can defeat this government's hard Brexit plans and protect people's living standards for years to come."