Shadow minister hints Labour should push for UK to rejoin EU

‘I think we all know what the best deal is’: One of Keir Starmer’s shadow ministers suggests Labour should fight for the UK to REJOIN the EU as he vows ‘the battle isn’t over’

  • Alex Sobel said ‘the battle isn’t over’ and ‘the battle is just beginning’ over Brexit
  • Shadow minister told anti-Brexit event ‘I think we all know what the best deal is’
  • Keir Starmer has said Labour government would ‘build on’ trade deal, not bin it

Alex Sobel, the shadow minister for tourism and heritage, suggested Labour should fight for the UK to rejoin the EU

One of Keir Starmer’s shadow ministers has suggested Labour should fight for the UK to rejoin the European Union. 

Alex Sobel, the shadow minister for tourism and heritage, told an anti-Brexit event at Labour’s annual conference that he believes it will soon ‘start dawning’ on Leave voters that Boris Johnson’s trade pact with Brussels is a ‘bad deal’. 

Mr Sobel said that ‘then we can start talking about what a good deal looks like and what the best deal looks like’ before adding: ‘I think we all know what the best deal is.’ 

The comments risk reigniting a row over Sir Keir’s Brexit position after he previously said a Labour government would ‘build on’ Mr Johnson’s exit agreement and ‘make it work’.  

Mr Sobel made the comments at a fringe event in Brighton entitled ‘Brexit isn’t working: What can Labour do?’. 

Speaking at the event hosted by the Labour Movement for Europe and Labour for a European Future, Mr Sobel said: ‘There are new battles to fight. The battle isn’t over. The battle is just beginning. This is a battle for our children’s futures and the future of our continent.

‘And we are still a part of the continent of Europe however much Boris Johnson might hate to say it.’

The Labour frontbencher said that Remainer warnings about the impact of Brexit ‘are now coming to pass’. 

The comments risk reigniting a row over Sir Keir Starmer’s Brexit position after he previously said a Labour government would ‘build on’ Mr Johnson’s exit agreement and ‘make it work’

He said: ‘The food is missing from the shelves of the shops. The petrol stations are having fuel shortages. Chefs are missing from the restaurants.

‘All of those things we talked about and we were told we were scaremongering, we were told that none of it would happen and it is all happening one by one by one.’ 

Mr Sobel suggested that Labour should be pushing for the UK to rejoin the EU. 

He told the audience: ‘When people see there is a problem it is my responsibility in the press and the media and on social media and all the rest of it, to say “this is due to the terrible Brexit deal the Government rushed through without any need”.

‘And then it will start dawning on them that it is a bad deal and then we can start talking about what a good deal looks like and what the best deal looks like.

‘I think we all know what the best deal is. And that is how we can win this battle.

‘I don’t think it is a job for this year or the next two or three years, this is a long term project.

‘We have got to be in it for the long term and we actually need to repair, I’m afraid to say, some of our broken relationships with our European Union colleagues.’

Sir Keir has previously said that a Labour government would ‘inherit’ Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal. 

He said in response to the deal being agreed: ‘It is something we will build on compared to the chaos of no deal.

‘The public would expect a Labour government to make it work. And the EU would expect us to make it work.’

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