If you’re confused, you’re not alone. At their last conference Labour chose not to debate Brexit and their Scottish Spokesperson on the issue thinks that they shouldn’t have a position at all.
Here’s what we know.
Jeremy Corbyn has backed the Tory plan to drag Scotland out of the Single Market, putting 80,000 jobs at risk.
The Labour leader even sacked frontbenchers for supporting Single Market membership.
Jeremy Corbyn sacks three frontbenchers over single market vote https://t.co/NByczJfObq— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) June 29, 2017
He also chose not to attend a cross-party summit on protecting jobs by staying in the Single Market.
Today @IanBlackfordMP hosted a cross-party summit on protecting jobs and living standards after #Brexit – Labour chose not to come.— The SNP (@theSNP) January 9, 2018
Here’s why staying in the Single Market is important: https://t.co/RaELrdy6qo pic.twitter.com/b9xt16bQEn
And Corbyn continues to claim that you need to be in the EU to be in the Single Market.
That’s not true.
Jeremy Corbyn today insisted the UK cannot be a member of the Single Market after Brexit.— Open Britain (@Open_Britain) January 9, 2018
This is not true: Norway, Iceland & Liechtenstein, are all members of the Single Market, and are all NOT members of the EU.
Please RT so everybody knows the facts: pic.twitter.com/CsPOPOYmnd
In fact, the Scottish Labour leader inadvertently made this clear too.
.@JeremyCorbyn's tactic of repeating something false over and over again was unwittingly undermined by his branch office manager in Scotland Richard Leonard this week... #Brexit pic.twitter.com/p4kzWJmeRN— Erik Geddes (@erikgeddes) January 12, 2018
Confusingly, Labour are also in favour of being IN the Single Market for a transitional period after the UK is OUT the EU.
This is very welcome: Labour explicitly backs single market and customs union membership during transition https://t.co/9kUtYKD7tw— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) August 26, 2017
And when the SNP forced a vote on the Single Market, Corbyn and most of his MPs actually abstained.
Deeply disappointing that @JeremyCorbyn, and the majority of Labour MPs, abstained on the SNP's cross-party amendment - giving the Tories permission to drag Scotland and the UK out of the single market and customs union #labstain #EUWithdrawalBill pic.twitter.com/av6ldDNYSx— Tom French (@tomfrench85) January 17, 2018
Corbyn’s claims on the Single Market haven’t gone down well with his own backbenchers.
Carwyn Jones, Welsh Labour First Minister, has also spoken out against Jeremy Corbyn’s position on the Single Market.
As has the Labour Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
Importantly i- Sadiq Khan said UK should stay in single market - one of Labour's most powerful voices in different place to leadership— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) September 25, 2017
In Scotland, Single Market membership had been supported by the former Labour leader.
Now the new leader of Scottish Labour, Richard Leonard, has appointed a Eurosceptic as his Brexit spokesperson - who thinks Labour shouldn’t have a clear position on Brexit at all.
Richard Leonard appoints Neil Findlay as Labour Brexit spokesman. Both men broke the Labour whip and voted with the Tories to trigger Article 50. https://t.co/TdQqT5cria— Dan Paris (@_DanParis) December 19, 2017
Scottish Labour Brexit spokesman reveals why he thinks Jeremy Corbyn shouldn't take a fixed position on Europe futurehttps://t.co/6q2uX87in4— The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) January 12, 2018
The SNP is clear: to protect jobs and living standards, we must stay in the Single Market.
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