Shadow Ministers are scheming to betray the voters by pressuring leader Jeremy Corbyn towards forcing a vote on Single Market membership – something which could split the Tory Party and cause Brexit chaos.
Keir Starmer is in the forefront of the strategy. On the one hand, he hypocritically insists it is vital to obey the decision of the EU Referendum. But really, he is doing all he can to undermine the reasons that Leavers voted for Brexit.
Until 10 days ago, the Eurosceptic Labour leader was promising to bring the UK out of the Single Market, but later weak as water Corbyn bowed to pressure from his shadow chancellor and Brexit secretary Starmer, who wanted all options kept open.
Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer has now revealed he also is pressuring to keep the UK in the Single Market during a ‘transitional period’, and possibly longer.
Labour’s position on Brexit, like their position on everything, is a complete mess. In yesterday’s Guardian, Starmer told journalists he would table amendments to the EU withdrawal bill to ensure it was “possible to achieve transitional arrangements on the same basic terms – including the Single Market and the Customs Union”.
Sir Keir claimed the bill in its current form was not acceptable, partly because it “dismantles the apparatus of the Single Market and the Customs Union and it extinguishes any role for the European Court of Justice”.
We don’t want the single market and the customs union, and most of all, we don’t want the ECJ. Tory MP Charlie Elphicke said Starmer is betraying both voters and his own leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has said Britain should leave the Single Market after Brexit.
“It’s double infamy,” he said. “He’s betraying the voters – but also his leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who says we will have to leave the Single Market.”
Such duplicitous behavour is sickening.