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Labour would strike Brexit deal with single market access, says Corbyn

The party leader said Labour would secure a new cooperative relationship with Europe.

Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour would negotiate a Brexit deal with the EU that “guarantees unimpeded access to the single market”.

The party leader said Labour would secure a new cooperative relationship with Europe.

Mr Corbyn also told the party’s conference in Brighton that he would use new powers after Brexit to bring in a new industrial strategy to boost the regions, as well as stopping workers’ pay and conditions being hit.

Earlier this week, Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, told the conference that Labour could keep the UK in a form of customs union with the EU and negotiate a new single market relationship after withdrawal.

In his flagship speech, Mr Corbyn said there was a “real divide” between the withdrawals from the EU envisioned by Labour and the Tories.

He added: “A shambolic Tory Brexit driving down standards, or ours, which puts jobs first and works for the many, one that guarantees unimpeded access to the single market and establishes a new, co-operative relationship with Europe.

“A Brexit that uses powers returned from Brussels to support a new industrial strategy to upgrade our economy in every region and nation.

“One that puts our economy first, not fake immigration targets that fan the flames of fear.”

Mr Corbyn said a powerful faction of the Tory leadership wanted to turn the UK into a tax haven on the edge of Europe, turning Britain into a “playground for the hedge funds and speculators”.

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Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would secure a new cooperative relationship with Europe (Gareth Fuller/PA)

He added: “Labour is the only party that can bring together those who voted leave and those who backed remain and unite the country for a future beyond Brexit.”

He said a Labour government would take action to stop employers driving down pay and conditions, and “not pander to scapegoating or racism”.

Mr Corbyn added that Labour stood ready to take over Brexit negotiations from the Government, as he praised Sir Keir as well as Emily Thornberry – the shadow foreign secretary, and shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner.

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