Labour fights for both soft and hard Brexit. Their two-faced pitch cannot last – Telegraph.co.uk

Labour fights for both soft and hard Brexit. Their two-faced pitch cannot last – Telegraph.co.uk

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How would Labour handle Brexit? A frontbench spokesman should be able to easily answer that question, but sadly for last night’s Question Time audience in Burton-on-Trent they had to rely on Richard Burgon for enlightenment.

Mr Burgon, somehow the shadow secretary of state for justice, declared that Labour would drive for an “economy-first and jobs-first” Brexit. Would this involve staying in or leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union? As a close supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, Comrade Burgon should be familiar with what the line is, but he wouldn’t say either way.

Instead, he declared  that his party would strive at the end of the process to secure tariff-free access to the former and the “equivalent benefits” of being in the latter. Two-thirds of Burton voted to leave the European Union, so why was he reluctant to spell out his party’s Brexit plan?

Perhaps his coyness was because Labour…

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