WATCH Jeremy Corbyn says Labour is not ‘staunchly’ against freedom of movement after Brexit
- Credit: Archant
Discussions around free movement would form part of Labour's negotiations with the European Union after Brexit, said Jeremy Corbyn.
Andrew Marr asked the Labour leader this morning (Sunday, May 19) to clarify his party's position on free movement after Labour's 2017 manifesto said free movement would end after Brexit.
Corbyn responded: "I'm not staunchly against freedom of movement. Our manifesto said the European system would not apply if you're not in the European Union - but I quite clearly recognise there has to be a lot of movement of workers.
"Ask any company in manufacturing or any other sector how much they need and rely on workers from Europe and indeed the other way around."
He added that discussions around free movement, "would be part of our negotiations with the EU".
You may also want to watch:
"Part of our negotiations, the extent to which workers would transfer from one country to the other and what the needs for it would be," said Corbyn.
Asked if Labour would keep free movement as a non-member of the EU, Mr Corbyn replied: "It would be open for negotiation the level of movement of people between Europe and this country if we're a non-member of the EU."
- 1 German MEP tells Boris Johnson he 'owes' Britons a Brexit deal as she urged a return to EU trade talks
- 2 Betty Boothroyd delivers scathing assessment of Boris Johnson's government
- 3 Tory minister branded 'disgraceful' after dismissing child hunger in Britain as something that has 'been going on for years'
- 4 Fool's gold? Nigel Farage wants you to invest your trust in his financial advice service
- 5 UK Business leaders describe Brexit call with Boris Johnson and Michael Gove as 'pointless'
- 6 Boris Johnson 'plans to resign' in six months because he can't live on £150k salary
- 7 The deep roots of Dominic Cummings' personal antipathy to the BBC
- 8 These are the 322 Tory MPs who voted against extending free school meals to children
- 9 House of Lords defies No 10 and votes to heavily defeat Boris Johnson's Brexit bill
- 10 PMQs Review: The one where it was grim up north
Despite being pressed about whether Labour was a remain or leave party, Corbyn was unable to give Marr a direct yes or no answer.
When asked if the Labour election slogan was "Vote Labour, get Brexit", Corbyn told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show: "I think what would be a fair assessment would be to say Vote Labour, challenge austerity and guarantee living standards for the future, not a no-deal exit from the European Union which is all that's being offered by the Tory right and, in a sense, by the Tory party.
"People and the British media are obsessed with defining people how they voted three years ago."
He added that, after Parliament makes a decision regarding Brexit, Labour would "want a vote in order to decide what the future would be" and that a second referendum wouldn't be disastrous.
He said: "I think [a second referendum] has to be an opportunity for public debate and public discussion, but it has to be about something and that's why I have made the point clear about a customs union and trade and rights protection."
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.