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Theresa May’s Inability To Win Exchanges On Brexit Is Telling: Iain Dale

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Deanna Wagner | 10 June, 2018, 04:41

Keir Starmer has hit back at claims Labour will squander the chance to defeat the government over an amendment to keep the United Kingdom in a Norway-style deal after Brexit, saying his party was too divided to back it.

A substantial number of Labour MPs, including Chuka Umunna, believe the party should back the cross-party Lords amendments, despite orders from the leadership to abstain in the EEA vote.

In a coded warning to pro-EU Labour MPs, Starmer said there were "very divided views" in the party about a Norway-style model and he was "injecting some honesty about where we are in the party".

"Unlike the Tories (Conservatives), Labour will not sacrifice jobs and the economy in the pursuit of a reckless and extreme interpretation of the referendum result".

One of the reasons May doesn't want to stay in the single market is that it comes with the condition that members allow free movement of people.

"We need to learn from them and negotiate our own more ambitious agreement, which serves our economic interests and which prevents a hard border in Northern Ireland".

"This threatens our jobs and our communities". The bloc has said countries must accept its four freedoms that must be maintained for access to the single market.

"They know as well as I do that their own colleagues in the party are indicating they are not prepared to vote for this".

Starmer has instead tabled his own amendment which calls on Theresa May to make maintaining "full access" to the European Union "internal market" an objective of the negotiations with Brussels.

Mrs May laid into Labour's divisions on Brexit, quoting Sir Keir Starmer, who she said had described his party's latest position on the single market as a "pretence".

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Theresa May will seek to overturn the changes to her flagship Brexit legislation introduced in the Lords in a showdown in the Commons next week.

What does it say about the Prime Minister and the government's stance on Brexit when she always loses the exchanges?

Mrs May replied: "Labour voted for a referendum, they voted to trigger Article 50 and since then they have tried to frustrate the Brexit process at every stage". "This government", she said, was "delivering on the vote of the British people".

When asked by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn whether it would be published before the summit, May said: "The Brexit Secretary and I agree we want to publish a White Paper that goes beyond the speeches and the papers that have been given and published so far".

The document is expected to set out a time-limited arrangement under which the United Kingdom would remain within elements of the EU's customs union, in the event that it is unable to agree a preferred solution for Northern Ireland.

Railing against the Tories is more bluster from Mr Corbyn when his party is off the rails on the most important issue of the day. "He is peddling snake oil in a bottle wrapped with the European Union flag", declared the former Scottish Secretary.

It would make it a formal goal in negotiations to keep "full access" to the single market. That is what Liberal Democrats will be voting for.

He said "sheer extent of Conservative support" for EEA membership would be enough to secure a Commons majority.

Starmer said Labour would have a "catalogue of victories" on other Lords amendments to the European Union withdrawal bill that will be considered by the House of Commons next Tuesday.