Jeremy Corbyn's single market comments 'an extraordinary act of hypocrisy,' says editor Atul Hatwal

Jeremy Corbyn's single market comments 'an extraordinary act of hypocrisy,' says editor Atul Hatwal

Atul Hatwell said the Labour leader's views were 'out of sync' with party members

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A prominent editor has labelled Jeremy Corbyn's comments on the single market "an extraordinary act of hypocrisy."

In an interview on the BBC on Monday, the Labour Leader said the party would ensure the UK left the European Single Market if they were heading up Brexit negotiations. 

He also claimed "wholesale" immigration from the EU had greatly affected conditions for UK workers, while saying his party would seek a trade deal to mirror the benefits of being inside the market. 

Atul Hatwell, the editor of Labour Uncut and director of Migration Matters, said this view showed Corbyn was "way out of sync" with Labour members. 

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "As a member of the Labour party, we have a policy, endorsed at the party conference last year.

"If the terms of Brexit are unacceptable, we need to keep the option of remaining in the EU open and have another public vote.

"For someone who has spent his entire life, starting in the 1970s starting with the Bennite campaign for Labour democracy, who's ramping up again talk of reselection of MPs, to blithely disregard the views of members, is an extraordinary act of hypocrisy.

"He’s way out of sync with the facts and views of members."

Hatwell also said that Corbyn had it completely wrong on immigration. 

"British companies have huge skills gaps," he said. "The reason there's been migration to the UK is because we've huge numbers of vacancies in the economy."

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