The importance of Britain being in a Customs Union with the EU is highlighted by the recent exchange of letters between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May.
Jeremy Corbyn, in his speech in Coventry today, called for the UK to be in a permanent customs union with the EU and for Britain to have a say in negotiating the bloc’s future trade deals. This move by Labour simultaneously reflects Labour’ economic priority to defend jobs and living standards and will place the Tory government under huge pressure to follow suit.
By Brian Jackson
The new policies announced by Labour on the EU Single Market confirm further positive moves to defend living standards and jobs by Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. The decision to accept membership of the Single Market for at least a ‘transitional period’, while not excluding it as a permanent arrangement, is correct from the point of view of working class living standards. It was, for interrelated reasons, also immediately followed by a further strengthening of Labour’s lead over the Tories to five percent – 43% to 38%. Unfortunately, this move by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership was incorrectly attacked by some on the left. It is therefore necessary to understand clearly why Corbyn’s position was correct.