Labour’s stance on Brexit is that it will not return the UK to the EU’s single market or customs union.
Following criticism that Labour’s Brexit strategy was “so stupid,” David Lammy was confronted about it today.
Following the shadow foreign secretary’s address at Chatham House in London, an audience member made the complaint.
Mr Lammy responded to the issue by defending Labour’s position of not entering the EU’s single market or customs union under a Sir Keir Starmer government.
Labour is “not afraid” to speak out against the “damage the Government’s bad Brexit deal has done to our economy,” according to the shadow cabinet minister.
He said: “Investment down, growth sluggish or non-existent, 45 percent of businesses say they are having difficulties trading with the EU, the number exporting to Europe has fallen by a third.”
While reconnecting with Brussels in political or economic terms would be a “red line” for Labour, Mr Lammy said his party would “aim to fix the Tories’ bad Brexit deal to increase trade with Europe”.
He said that this would include modifying the Northern Ireland Protocol and decreasing trade tariffs on food, agricultural, medicinal, and veterinary commodities.
He also stated a 2025 review of the UK-EU trade pact might be used to “reduce barriers to trade”.
It comes at a time when Sir Keir, who campaigned for Remain in 2016 before campaigning for a second vote, has adopted a harder position on Brexit.