A Labour government would “aim to fix the Tories’ bad Brexit deal” and deliver a closer relationship between the UK and the EU, David Lammy has said.
The shadow foreign secretary said with Sir Keir Starmer in No10 the UK would not “rejoin the EU, the single market or the customs union”.
But Labour would seek to make “real progress” on improving the existing divorce deal in order to “increase trade with our neighbours and deliver prosperity at home”.
Delivering a speech at Chatham House in central London this afternoon, Mr Lammy said there was a need to recognise the “damage the Government’s bad Brexit deal has done to our economy”.
He said: “Reconnecting Britain to Europe, while remaining outside of the EU, will be a top priority of the next Labour Foreign Office. Keir Starmer has been clear. With Labour, Britain will not rejoin the EU, the single market or the customs union.
“But within our red lines, there is real progress we can make to increase trade with our neighbours and deliver prosperity at home. We will aim to fix the Tories’ bad Brexit deal to increase trade with Europe.”
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