Published: Wed, January 11, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

United Kingdom can be 'better off' after Brexit: Labour leader

The Labour leader is expected to give a speech later today where he will say that the United Kingdom can be "better off" after Brexit.

He will say that he believes Britain can be better off after it leaves the EU. In September he angered many of his MPs at the party's conference in Liverpool by mounting a forceful defence of migration.

Asked by journalists whether he actively wanted to reduce levels of immigration, Corbyn declined to say he wanted an absolute reduction in numbers, instead highlighting the benefits of immigration and pointing out that Britain's ageing population required a younger workforce.

"We have the worst levels of income disparity of most of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, in this country, it is getting worse", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. After pointing out how May failed in revealing the Brexit planning, he will mention that the labour will not give any free pass to the government in negotiations.

For a man prepared to stick to his principles over decades, no matter how unpopular they make him, Jeremy Corbyn has changed his mind a remarkable number of times today.

The intervention by the Labour leader is an indication that the issue remains on the agenda, experts said.

"The British people - and working class communities in particular - want full control restored over our borders so the volume of immigration can be brought down sharply".

The late addition, urging the words not to be "misinterpreted", reflected Mr Corbyn continuing to put retaining full single market access ahead of controlling European Union migration.

But Labour will take action against undercutting of pay and conditions by closing down cheap labour loopholes, banning exclusive advertising of jobs overseas and strengthening workplace protections. Apart from confirming that, under Corbyn, Labour are an utter shambles, we are no closer to knowing where Labour policy on Europe differs from the Tories.

Earlier in the day, Corbyn told ITV that a Labour government would tackle the exploitation of migrant workers by British employers.

And it makes it rather hard for us to listen to or read with a straight face the words "the government is in disarray over Brexit".

Labour would "take back control" over the jobs market following years of serious damage caused by "reckless" deregulation, he will say.

"We can not set ourselves up as being a sort of grossly unequal, bargain-basement economy on the shores of Europe".

The party would block taxpayer-funded contracts for companies head-quartered in tax havens and would not buy outsourced public services from firms "whose owners and executives are creaming off profits to stuff their pockets at the expense of the workforce and the public purse".

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