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Jeremy Corbyn appeared on The Andrew Marr Show as the Labour Conference kicked off.

Those of us who have been arguing for continued Single Market membership have a little food for thought here.

The EU does attach conditions on membership. Topically, EU rules demanded the privatisation of the Royal Mail (I’m told by an employee). That’s why it was sold off on the cheap by Vince Cable into the hands of money-grubbers who are doing their best to ruin their workers’ lives – hence the current threat of strike action.

But my Royal Mail friend had another nugget of wisdom – he reckons the EU tried to impose this demand on other countries, like Germany, but they rejected it. And nobody pushed the point.

So, why did the UK accept all these EU rules when everyone else just picks and chooses whatever they fancy and throws away the rest?

Perhaps the way forward is just to tell the EU-rocrats we’ll stay in after all – but on the same terms as countries like Germany.

How about that, Europe?

Jeremy Corbyn has said he is wary of committing to stay in the European single market because it would restrict the powers of a future Labour government to implement party policies.

the Labour leader said he wanted tariff-free access to the single market with a close relationship to the EU, but said he was wary of committing to full single market membership… “That has within it restrictions on state aid and state spending. That has pressures on it, through the European Union, to privatise rail, for example, and other services. I think we have to be quite careful about the powers we need as national governments.”

Corbyn said there was some dispute about how far governments could stretch state-aid rules, suggesting the government could have acted more decisively to protect the UK steel industry, something the Conservatives had said was constrained by EU rules.

Source: Corbyn says he is wary of committing to stay in European single market | Politics | The Guardian


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