Wood: Labour's single market stance unsustainable


Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood has today branded the Labour Party's latest stance on the UK's membership of the single market as "unsustainable", arguing that it falls short of guaranteeing security for jobs and businesses linked to the UK's largest trading bloc.

Leanne Wood said that Labour's announcement this week only served to confirm that Labour are in agreement with the Tories on the fundamental issues of Brexit, and that a transitional policy alone would merely "prolong economic uncertainty."

She urged Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn to go further and commit his party to fighting for permanent membership of the single market and customs union.

Party of Wales Leader Leanne Wood said:

"This week's announcement only serves to confirm that Labour agree with the Tories on the fundamental issues of Brexit.

"A policy for a transitional period isn't a policy worth having. This temporary fudge will merely prolong economic uncertainty for the hundreds of thousands of jobs and businesses in the UK linked to the single market.

"Those workers need to know that their jobs will be secured beyond any transitional period and employers should be able to make informed choices regarding the future of their organisations.

"These vague holding lines peddled by the Tory government and so-called Labour opposition are not good enough.

"Plaid Cymru has been unequivocal in its view that Wales and the rest of the UK must remain members of the single market and customs union. We stand by that view and will oppose any moves to the contrary at every possible opportunity.

"I urge the Labour leadership to go further than this week's unsustainable stance and to show that they are serious about protecting workers and businesses as further negotiations get underway."

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