Blog: Keir Starmer tells Sadiq Khan there is ‘no case’ for UK to rejoin single market – The Telegraph

There is “no case” for Britain rejoining the EU single market, Sir Keir Starmer has said in a rebuke to Sadiq Khan, the Labour Mayor of London.

The Labour leader dismissed calls from Mr Khan for a debate on returning to pre-Brexit economic arrangements as he attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Last week, Mr Khan called for a “pragmatic debate about the benefits of being a part of the customs union and the single market”.

But Sir Keir told BBC Newsnight: “We would accept that the deal [Boris] Johnson got is not a good deal, and you can see the impact it is having on our economy.

“And that is why we have been clear we want a closer relationship with the EU. That starts with the protocol in Northern Ireland. It then goes into a discussion about how close we can be.

“We can’t go back into the EU. There isn’t a political case for going back into the EU or the single market. But I am having discussions about what a closer trading relationship might look like.”

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