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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gives the thumbs up after a visit to Lifford Bridge on the Irish border, during the second day of a two-day trip to learn more about how Brexit affects the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gives the thumbs up after a visit to Lifford Bridge on the Irish border, during the second day of a two-day trip to learn more about how Brexit affects the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Professor Deirdre Heenan (left) and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Tony Lloyd (right) during a visit to Lifford Bridge on the Irish border, during the second day of a two-day trip to learn more about how Brexit affects the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Professor Deirdre Heenan (left) and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Tony Lloyd (right) during a visit to Lifford Bridge on the Irish border, during the second day of a two-day trip to learn more about how Brexit affects the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Professor Deirdre Heenan (centre) and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Tony Lloyd (right) during a visit to Lifford Bridge on the Irish border, during the second day of a two-day trip to learn more about how Brexit affects the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Professor Deirdre Heenan (centre) and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Tony Lloyd (right) during a visit to Lifford Bridge on the Irish border, during the second day of a two-day trip to learn more about how Brexit affects the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (right) speaking with SDLP politician Mark Durkan, SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan (left) and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood (third from left) after a Londonderry Chamber business breakfast on the second day of Mr Corbyn's visit to Northern Ireland as party leader. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (right) speaking with SDLP politician Mark Durkan, SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan (left) and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood (third from left) after a Londonderry Chamber business breakfast on the second day of Mr Corbyn's visit to Northern Ireland as party leader. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Professor Deirdre Heenan (left) and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Tony Lloyd (right) during a visit to Lifford Bridge on the Irish border, during the second day of a two-day trip to learn more about how Brexit affects the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Professor Deirdre Heenan (left) and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Tony Lloyd (right) during a visit to Lifford Bridge on the Irish border, during the second day of a two-day trip to learn more about how Brexit affects the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (centre, obscured and back to camera) waves at a vehicle with Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Tony Lloyd (back to camera) during a visit to Lifford Bridge on the Irish border, during the second day of a two-day trip to learn more about how Brexit affects the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (centre, obscured and back to camera) waves at a vehicle with Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Tony Lloyd (back to camera) during a visit to Lifford Bridge on the Irish border, during the second day of a two-day trip to learn more about how Brexit affects the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Professor Deirdre Heenan during a visit to Lifford Bridge on the Irish border, during the second day of a two-day trip to learn more about how Brexit affects the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Professor Deirdre Heenan during a visit to Lifford Bridge on the Irish border, during the second day of a two-day trip to learn more about how Brexit affects the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers a public lecture in the Great Hall at Queen's University Belfast. Pic: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers a public lecture in the Great Hall at Queen's University Belfast. Pic: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is greeted by Professor James McElnay, Acting Vice-Chancellor at Queen's University in Belfast, ahead of delivering a public lecture in the Great Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 24, 2018. Mr Corbyn urged Prime Minister Theresa May to reconvene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference, a body that offers the Irish a consultative role in non-devolved matters concerning Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is greeted by Professor James McElnay, Acting Vice-Chancellor at Queen's University in Belfast, ahead of delivering a public lecture in the Great Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 24, 2018. Mr Corbyn urged Prime Minister Theresa May to reconvene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference, a body that offers the Irish a consultative role in non-devolved matters concerning Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (centre) and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Tony Lloyd MP (left) with Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor James McElnay (second from right), Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement at QueenÕs University Professor Richard English (right), and Acting Registrar Wendy Galbraith at Queens University in Belfast where Corbyn is due to deliver a lecture during his first visit to Northern Ireland as party leader.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 24, 2018. Mr Corbyn urged Prime Minister Theresa May to reconvene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference - a body that offers the Irish a consultative role in non-devolved matters concerning Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (centre) and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Tony Lloyd MP (left) with Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor James McElnay (second from right), Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement at QueenÕs University Professor Richard English (right), and Acting Registrar Wendy Galbraith at Queens University in Belfast where Corbyn is due to deliver a lecture during his first visit to Northern Ireland as party leader. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 24, 2018. Mr Corbyn urged Prime Minister Theresa May to reconvene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference - a body that offers the Irish a consultative role in non-devolved matters concerning Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24:  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since being elected as Labour leader three years ago. During his speech in Belfast he is expected to say he insists that he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since being elected as Labour leader three years ago. During his speech in Belfast he is expected to say he insists that he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24:  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since being elected as Labour leader three years ago. During his speech in Belfast he is expected to say he insists that he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since being elected as Labour leader three years ago. During his speech in Belfast he is expected to say he insists that he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Chief Constable George Hamilton listens as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers a public lecture in the Great Hall at Queen's University Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 24, 2018. Mr Corbyn urged Prime Minister Theresa May to reconvene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference - a body that offers the Irish a consultative role in non-devolved matters concerning Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Chief Constable George Hamilton listens as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers a public lecture in the Great Hall at Queen's University Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 24, 2018. Mr Corbyn urged Prime Minister Theresa May to reconvene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference - a body that offers the Irish a consultative role in non-devolved matters concerning Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neil arrives to hear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn deliver a public lecture in the Great Hall at Queen's University Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 24, 2018. Mr Corbyn urged Prime Minister Theresa May to reconvene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference - a body that offers the Irish a consultative role in non-devolved matters concerning Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neil arrives to hear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn deliver a public lecture in the Great Hall at Queen's University Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 24, 2018. Mr Corbyn urged Prime Minister Theresa May to reconvene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference - a body that offers the Irish a consultative role in non-devolved matters concerning Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24:  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, leaves the stage after delivering a speech at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as Labour leader three years ago, during his speech in Belfast he insisted the he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, leaves the stage after delivering a speech at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as Labour leader three years ago, during his speech in Belfast he insisted the he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Sinn Fein members (left to right), Francie Molloy, Paul Maskey and Mickey Brady MP, attend Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's lecture at Queens University in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 24, 2018. Mr Corbyn urged Prime Minister Theresa May to reconvene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference - a body that offers the Irish a consultative role in non-devolved matters concerning Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sinn Fein members (left to right), Francie Molloy, Paul Maskey and Mickey Brady MP, attend Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's lecture at Queens University in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 24, 2018. Mr Corbyn urged Prime Minister Theresa May to reconvene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference - a body that offers the Irish a consultative role in non-devolved matters concerning Northern Ireland. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24:  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, delivers a speech at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as Labour leader three years ago, during his speech in Belfast he insisted the he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, delivers a speech at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as Labour leader three years ago, during his speech in Belfast he insisted the he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24:  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, delivers a speech at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as Labour leader three years ago, during his speech in Belfast he insisted the he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, delivers a speech at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as Labour leader three years ago, during his speech in Belfast he insisted the he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24:  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, delivers a speech at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as Labour leader three years ago, during his speech in Belfast he insisted the he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, delivers a speech at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as Labour leader three years ago, during his speech in Belfast he insisted the he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24:  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as Labour leader three years ago, during his speech in Belfast he insisted the he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as Labour leader three years ago, during his speech in Belfast he insisted the he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24:  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as Labour leader three years ago, during his speech in Belfast he insisted the he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as Labour leader three years ago, during his speech in Belfast he insisted the he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24:  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, delivers a speech at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as Labour leader three years ago, during his speech in Belfast he insisted the he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 24: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, delivers a speech at Queens University on May 24, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr Corbyn was making his first visit to Northern Ireland since he was elected as Labour leader three years ago, during his speech in Belfast he insisted the he will not support any Brexit deal that supports a hard border with the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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ROSA NI campaigners to amend the 8th amendment to the Irish Constitution hold a banner outside Queens University Belfast's Wilta Hall Labour wear leader Jeremy Corbyn will give a lecture during his first visit to Northern Ireland as party leader. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 24, 2018.See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

ROSA NI campaigners to amend the 8th amendment to the Irish Constitution hold a banner outside Queens University Belfast's Wilta Hall Labour wear leader Jeremy Corbyn will give a lecture during his first visit to Northern Ireland as party leader. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 24, 2018.See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Queens University in Belfast this morning / Credit: Pacemaker

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Queens University in Belfast this morning / Credit: Pacemaker

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Queens University in Belfast this morning / Credit: Pacemaker

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Queens University in Belfast this morning / Credit: Pacemaker

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Queens University in Belfast this morning / Credit: Pacemaker

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Queens University in Belfast this morning / Credit: Pacemaker

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Queens University in Belfast this morning / Credit: Pacemaker

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Queens University in Belfast this morning / Credit: Pacemaker

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gives the thumbs up after a visit to Lifford Bridge on the Irish border, during the second day of a two-day trip to learn more about how Brexit affects the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 25, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Corbyn. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised hugely improved roads and rail networks across Northern Ireland to deal with the consequences of Brexit if he becomes the next Prime Minister.

Mr Corbyn was addressing the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce at a breakfast meeting with business leaders in the City Hotel as part of his two-day visit to Northern Ireland.

He said a Labour government would establish a network of investments banks in all regions of the UK to invest in infrastructure.

"Quite clearly for this city infrastructure improvements are crucial," he said.

"You need better road connections, obviously, also better rail connections and better connections further south as well. 

"If you want to develop trade elsewhere you are going to need an improved transport infrastructure.

"We believe very strongly in the Labour Party that we have spent far too little in investment in infrastructure over the past decades in this country."

Mr Corbyn repeated his call to the local political parties to get Stormont back up and running and he paid tribute to all those who had worked toward the Good Friday Agreement.

"We believe that there is not a majority for any kind of hard Brexit and it has always been clear to me - even clearer after coming here - is that the idea of any kind of border, physical border, virtual reality border, technical border, whatever between Northern Ireland and the Republic will be very very damaging to the economy and will be a reverse of all the progress ever since the end of the Troubles and the Good Friday Agreement," he said.

"After all, it was in this very city that the civil rights movement was born and it was in this very city that a fundamental change for the people of Northern Ireland came about.  I pay tribute to all those that helped bring that about."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has warned Northern Ireland stands at a potential crossroads between a strengthened peace or a return to the dark days of the past. Mr Corbyn urged Stormont leaders and the UK and Irish governments to renew efforts to restore powersharing at the crisis-hit institutions in Belfast, insisting peace cannot be taken for granted.

The Labour leader again ruled out Britain becoming a member of the European Economic Area after Brexit but pledged that the UK would stay in the Customs Unions and stay aligned to the Single Market.

"We want a British deal that gives us access with a commitment that we will not seek to undercut or lower rights or regulations." he said.

"And in return, we will be asking the EU to guarantee that our plans to invest in infrastructure and services would be compatible with its future direction.

"We will be seeking a customs union with the EU in order to make sure there are no regulatory barriers to trade between the UK and the EU and access to the Single Market.

"This is an agreement we would negotiate with the EU and we believe it to be possible."

Calling on local politicians to get Stormont up and running again as soon as possible, Mr Corbyn said it was unthinkable with Brexit causing so much turmoil nationally, that Northern Ireland currently had no voice.

"It seems to me unconscionable that you have civil servants making decisions which would then be challenged by the courts and elected politicians having no say in it whatsoever," he said.

"Those of us who have been in Parliament during periods of direct rule do not want to return to that.

"I want to see a devolved government return to Northern Ireland and I use this platform again today to urge all the parties to come together, to reach an agreement and to reestablish the Assembly as quickly as possible and the administration that goes with it."

Welcoming Mr Corbyn Chamber president Jennifer McKeever said for local business, any kind of border would present huge problems.

“The EU is not a foreign, far-away bureaucracy – it’s a couple of miles from where we sit. It’s where many of our staff live and where we find our customers and trading partners," she said.

“Everybody accepts that it would be unacceptable to re-introduce a hard border in Ireland. What is infinitely more difficult to understand is how we can pull out of the Customs Union and Single Market without one.

“The truth is we just cannot see how you can square this circle: To both leave the EU and to ensure no border - to create the unique solution for Northern Ireland and to do it without damaging our peace and prosperity."

Belfast Telegraph