Shadow Brexit secretary criticises government and says he is eager to adopt ‘different tone and approach’ to EU talks

Labour would like the possibility of continued membership of the single market to be one of the starting points of negotiations to leave the EU, the party’s shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has said.

While he conceded this would be difficult to achieve while also imposing restrictions on the free movement of people, Starmer criticised the government for pre-emptively ruling out single market membership – even though this is what his own leader has done.

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