Brexit: Diane Abbott insists Labour's not 'taking options off the table'

Brexit: Diane Abbott insists Labour's not 'taking options off the table'

The shadow home secretary made the statement on BBC Newsnight

Friday, July 28, 2017

Diane Abbott has said the Labour Party isn’t taking any options off the table for Brexit as speculation continues to mount over the party's position.

The shadow home secretary made the statement on Newsnight, only days after the party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, ruled out the option of remaining in the single market.

In an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show last weekend, Corbyn said being a member of the single market was “inextricably linked” with membership of the EU.

Abbott said Labour was putting “jobs and the economy first”, and insisted it was not “at this stage taking options off the table.”

Meanwhile, other figures in the Labour Party appear to be at odds over various aspects of Brexit.

Shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner said it would be a “disaster” to remain within the single market, while shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said it was “vital” to retain its benefits, along with those of the customs union.