Supporters of the Liberal Democrats (amongst others) seem keen to promote a fiction that the Labour Party is supporting the Conservatives, and will vote for a ‘hard’ Brexit – including departure from the Single Market and Customs Union.

This is a load of hogwash. Anybody pushing this lie knows it is a lie – they just want you to accept it.

You can understand the reasoning. Millions voted for Brexit in the first place because they believed a lie that we pay £350 million per week into EU funds and the money could be used to support the NHS.

In fact, we pay about half as much, and benefit from EU investment schemes as a result, but the Vote Leave rascals weren’t bothered about letting the facts interfere with a good story!

Would you like the facts about Labour’s policy on Brexit? Here they are:

Sir Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, has devised six tests that any proposed exit deal must pass before Labour will support it. Those tests are as follows:

1. Does it ensure a strong and collaborative future relationship with the EU?

2. Does it deliver the “exact same benefits” as we currently have as members of the Single Market and Customs Union?

3. Does it ensure the fair management of migration in the interests of the economy and communities?

4. Does it defend rights and protections and prevent a race to the bottom?

5. Does it protect national security and our capacity to tackle cross-border crime?

6. Does it deliver for all regions and nations of the UK?

Look at test number 2.

No, it doesn’t demand that the UK remain within the Single Market and/or the Customs Union – but it does demand that the UK enjoy the “exact same benefits”, whether remaining in those two institutions or leaving them.

So it is clear that Labour will NOT vote with the Tories for a ‘hard’ Brexit that removes us from the EU, the CU and the SM and denies us the benefits that we had previously enjoyed.

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