Speaking to Express.co.uk, the Labour peer, founder of Blue Labour and staunch supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, argued the democratic decision to leave the EU in the 2016 Brexit referendum meant freeing the UK from all its core institutions – including the single market and the customs union. Asked whether he believed Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to agree to a customs union arrangement with the EU and a close relationship with the single market would be the optimal solution to the Brexit impasse, Lord Glasman argued that there is a much more “straight forward” alternative to his leader’s plan.
He said: “It’s really quite straight forward. To leave, when we voted to leave, we voted to leave the sovereignty of the European Court of Justice.
“So ultimately, in our politics, we can’t do anything because the European court says that we can’t.
“And that’s basically in the Lisbon Treaty, which is based on the four freedoms, movement of people, money, goods and services.
“So you can’t interfere with the market. It’s effectively illegal to oppose capitalism.
“So I support leaving the EU sovereignty of the ECJ, leaving the customs union, and leaving the single market.
“I think that’s what Leave means, so that’s what I’m in favour of.”
Mr Corbyn and Prime Minister Theresa May have been locked in key discussions this month whilst an impasse on her Brexit deal is sought.
So far no breakthrough has been made and now Mr Corbyn says the talks are on the brink of failing.
According to The Sun, he said: “We’ve put those cases very robustly to the Government and there’s no agreement as yet.
“The Government doesn’t appear to be shifting the red lines because they’ve got a big pressure in the Tory party that actually wants to turn this country into a deregulated low-tax society which will do a deal with Trump.
“I don’t want to do that.”
Mr Corbyn added: “We’ve lost a lot of time by the dithering of the Government on bringing issues to Parliament.”
Mrs May is keen to strike a deal with the US President in a bid to get access to their huge market.
If the UK stayed in the EU’s customs union, any such deal would be off the table due to its terms.
Should Mrs May and Mr Corbyn fail to reach a deal, indicative votes on Brexit scenarios would once again be put to Parliament.
Published at Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:21:00 +0000