Published: Wed, July 26, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Corbyn: "wholesale" European Union immigration has ruined the United Kingdom labour market


He also claimed "wholesale" immigration from the European Union had greatly affected conditions for United Kingdom workers, while saying his party would seek a trade deal to mirror the benefits of being inside the market.

He said, on the Marr show: "The single market is dependent on membership of the European Union".

Corbyn added that his party had not decided whether it would keep Britain inside the customs union, having not "jumped on either side of that fence".

The customs union, which is separate, is an agreement between its members that they will charge the same external tariffs to countries outside it.

"But we would not have the same access into America's markets".

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer has encouraged the government to leave the option of customs union membership on the table, as an option for post-Brexit Britain.

The SNP has called on Scottish Labour to confirm its position on the single market after the first minister of Wales appeared to contradict comments made by the United Kingdom party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn said he would "deal with" the issue that burdens graduates, but now he's been accused of misleading students.

The customs union is a core EU institution.

His comments have sparked opposition from Remain-supporting Labour MPs, who cited Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein as examples of non-EU nations that are part of the single market via the EEA.

Yet Gardiner's vision for Brexit is nearly indistinguishable from that of hard Brexiteers of the Conservative Party in that it is based on terminating Britain's membership of these institutions.

In the interview, Corbyn said he would put a stop to the practice of agencies advertising jobs in central Europe, and force them to "advertise in the locality first" - an approach barred by Brussels rules which deem this a form of discrimination. "The single market is dependent on membership of the EU", Corbyn told the BBC's Andrew Marr.

"The two things are inextricably linked so the question then is the kind of trade relationship of the future and we have made it very clear we want a tariff-free trade access with the European market". One suggestion being discussed is of a link similar to that of Norway, which has access to the single market, is outside the customs union but continues to work under some EU laws.

Corbyn said that Labour would argue for "tarriff-free trade access" instead.

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