Dawn Butler, the Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities spoke on Question Time and attempted to clarify Labours position on the Single Market.
Mr Butler said: “The Labour Party has been very clear in regards to the Single Market and the Customs Union.”
Mr Morgan was clearly taken back by her comments.
He said: “You haven’t been remotely clear about any of it, what are you talking about?”
Mr Morgan asked: “What is the position of the Party?”
Ms Butler replied: “On the Single Market, what we’re saying is that we are looking at goods and services, errm, immigration…”
But Mr Morgan pressed: “Do we stay in or leave?”
The Labour MP hit back saying: “That has to be negotiated.”
Mr Morgan continued to press, saying: “It’s a simple question, do we remain in the Single Market or do we leave it? It’s a simple question.”
The Shadow Minister said: “Piers, it is a simple question but it is a complex situation.”
Mr Morgan said: “What’s the answer?”
It is very obvious that Labours position on the Single Market is anything but clear. Is that much of a surprise though?
The Labour MP finally put a sentence together clarifying (not very well) Labours position.
She said: “On the Customs Union, we are saying that we will be in something that looks very similar, that’s what Labour’s position is.
“But it’s all about negotiation. On the Single Market, we want to negotiate access to the Single Market, the best deal for businesses, the best deal for people, the best deal for jobs.
“We need to have that negotiated, that’s Labour’ position.”
WATCH: Redwood SCOLDS Chuka Umunna over single market dream
Labour MP, Chuka Umunna clashed with John Redwood over the UK’s future membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union.
Mr Umunna said: “I would like to see the Labour party move its position further so that our position is for us to stay in the single market and have a customs union with the European Union after we leave.
“Because that’s the best way we can retain the economic benefits that businesses, entrepreneurs watching this programme, can continue to enjoy the economic and trading benefits that we have with the European Union once we have left.
“The only way you get the frictionless trade and the benefits of the single market and the customs union that everybody says that we want is by staying in those two things.”
John Redwood replied saying: “I don’t think that’s on offer and it’s not what the British people voted for – they voted to leave the single market and the customs union.
“Because of course, it comes with financial contributions and freedom of movement attached and those are things the British public clearly rejected.”
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