June 5, 2018 / 4:00 PM / 6 months ago

Jeremy Corbyn rejects pleas to stay in the EU single market

Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses a rally in central London, Britain, May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday that Britain must leave the European Union’s single market, disappointing some supporters who hoped he would support a proposal to retain membership ahead of a crunch vote in parliament next week.

Corbyn told an audience of trade union leaders that Britain could get better trading arrangements with the EU than Norway, which is not an EU member, but is part of the single market

“I know some people are calling for Labour to support a Norway-style model,” Corbyn said. “But we must understand that a Norway model is specifically designed to serve the interests of Norway and would not work for the UK.”

Britain’s government will seek to overturn some amendments to its EU withdrawal bill to sever ties with the European Union when it returns to the House of Commons next Tuesday after suffering defeats in the upper house of parliament.

This includes votes on core Brexit issues such as whether Britain should leave the EU’s single market.

Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; editing by William James

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