Shadow business secretary says keeping access to customs union and single market could be hard but party must be flexible

The shadow business secretary has described the aim of Labour’s Brexit policy as “have our cake and eat it”, while conceding it would be difficult to keep the benefits of single market and customs union memberships without major concessions.

Rebecca Long-Bailey said maintaining access to, or even membership of, the customs union and single market could prove problematic given the political realities of Brexit, but said Labour must be flexible in such areas.

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