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Jeremy Corbyn faces down critics over EU single market stance

Jeremy Corbyn has hit out at Labour critics calling for him to back the UK staying in the single market after Brexit.

The Labour leader insisted that continuing the trade arrangement was dependent on being in the EU.

He told ITV’s Peston on Sunday: “The single market is dependent on membership of the European Union.

“Do we have a trading relationship with Europe which is tariff-free, which is based on access to that market, and access of Europe to our market? Yes.

“Do we push for that in the negotiations? Yes. Is that what we have said to the European Union in opposition? Yes.

“You have to make a special relationship with the European Union.”

Minutes after his comments, Labour MP Chris Leslie tweeted: “The Single Market is NOT dependent on membership of the EU”. He posted the comment four times, followed by: “#worthrepeating.”

His colleague Chuka Umunna also pointed out on Sky’s Sunday with Niall Paterson that Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway were in the single market but not part of the EU28.

Another Labour MP, Stephen Doughty, retweeted a post making the same point.

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