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Mr Corbyn explained his policy position on Good Morning Britain – when he could get a word past Piers Morgan who, according to Mrs Mike, wouldn’t shut up [Image: ITV].


Certain people are getting a little hysterical about this – based on a misinterpretation of a speech to be delivered by Jeremy Corbyn today.

Jeremy Corbyn is due to say that the Labour Party is “not wedded” to the principle of free movement of people between the European Union and the UK after Brexit in a speech today (January 10).

He will explain that the UK’s membership of the Single Market is vital to our future as a trading nation. At the moment, the EU is demanding that the UK retain the ‘free movement’ rule if we want to stay in the Single Market and that is why Labour supports it. Critics are (deliberately) failing to mention this.

So – as Mr Corbyn says – changes to migration rules are part of the negotiations. And, just because the EU insists on ‘free movement’, that doesn’t mean there is nothing Labour could do to stop multitudes of EU migrants flooding through our ‘Arrivals’ gates.

Mr Corbyn’s speech states: “Labour supports fair rules and reasonably managed migration as part of the post- Brexit relationship with the EU.”

The Labour leader has been telling us for many months that “managed migration” is possible – within the EU’s ‘free movement’ rules. He believes that strengthening rules on pay and conditions, so migrant workers are prevented from undercutting UK workers on wages and working conditions, will bring immigrant numbers down naturally.

So there is no need to be restricted by a commitment to ‘free movement’ if the UK won’t gain anything in return, because we can use other measures to get what we want. See?

Mr Corbyn is, effectively, ensuring that the UK has an extra – and major – bargaining point when Brexit negotiations start. Why would anybody want to criticise that?

It’s no different from the Tory refusal to assure the status of foreign citizens who already work here. Has anybody kicked up a fuss about that?

In fact, Mr Corbyn’s comments on pay and conditions apply to everybody working in the UK.

He will say: “A Labour Brexit would take back control over our jobs market, which has been seriously damaged by years of reckless deregulation” (by the Conservatives and New Labour).

“Labour will ensure all workers have equal rights at work from day one – and require collective bargaining agreements in key sectors, so that workers cannot be undercut.

“That will bring an end to the unscrupulous use of agency labour and bogus self-employment to stop undercutting and to ensure every worker has a secure job with secure pay.”

All in all, the outcry over Mr Corbyn’s speech is a fake. There is no new position; it is a re-statement of the current policy.

But the right-wing hysterics are trying to whip you into a frenzy over it.

You’re not stupid enough to let that happen. Are you?

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