Tony Blair is among those hoping a deal on immigration can keep Britain in the single market, but EU leaders are unconvinced

Tony Blair is only the latest politician to attempt to square the Brexit circle: rewriting the European Union’s basic rules to allow Britain to stay in the single market and regain control of immigration.

The debate that the former UK prime minister reopened is most acute for the Labour party. When Keir Starmer set out the party’s new Brexit policy, he called for Britain to remain in the single market and sign up to free movement of people for a transition of up to four years. Looking beyond that, he called for “a new single market relationship” with the EU, while controlling immigration.

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