Keir Starmer says he does not think rejoining single market would boost economic growth ‘at this stage’ – UK politics live

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Labour leader says ‘there’s no case for going back to the EU’ before he publishes report that proposes reforms to UK’s political system

In his Today interview Keir Starmer also appeared to rule out Jeremy Corbyn standing as a candidate at the next election. Asked if Corbyn would be Labour’s candidate in Islington North at the next election, Starmer replied:

I don’t see the circumstances in which that can happen. Obviously, we’ve not got to the selection of that particular constituency yet, but I don’t see the circumstances in which Jeremy Corbyn will stand as a Labour candidate.

No, at this stage, I don’t think it would. And there’s no case for going back to the EU, or going back into the single market.

I do think there’s a case for a better Brexit. I do think there’s a very strong case for making Brexit work.

I think trade has gone down because the deal that we’ve got is not a very good deal. I think we can move from getting Brexit done, which is all that we’ve managed at the moment, to making Brexit work and I do think there’s a better deal.

But do I think … that going back into years of wrangling, years of uncertainty, is going to help the economy? No, I don’t.

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