What is LABOUR PARTY stance on Brexit?

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JasmineGlanv47
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Can someone tell me what exactly Labour party stance is on Brexit. I'm particularly interested in their stance on whether UK citizens can keep their EU membership?
I'm going to study abroad. Being out of the EU would mean not only would I have to pay for VISA, but also means I'm not entitled to student loans. Which would really shoot me in the foot.
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Hard to say really, they have no leadership so we don't know who to listen to about the opinions of the party itself.
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Well its kind of awkward because Labour was against Brexit and still kind of is, and they want a " soft Brexit" however their leader Jeremy Corbyn has kind of spent his entire life asking for Brexit so yeah... its a bit awkward and rather unknown as to what policies they have
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(Original post by Homeschool2020)
Well its kind of awkward because Labour was against Brexit and still kind of is, and they want a " soft Brexit" however their leader Jeremy Corbyn has kind of spent his entire life asking for Brexit so yeah... its a bit awkward and rather unknown as to what policies they have
funny cos a lot of their ambitious plans (most of which i agree with) like nationalising services can industry can only happen unless we have a full brexit and the eu gives us full control back
If he wants a soft brexit, then he will be left with empty promises and a lot of annoyed people at the end of his term as prime minister
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This is the bit in the Labour Manifesto talking about what their stance on Brexit is:
"Labour accepts the referendum result and a Labour government will put the national interest first. We will prioritise jobs and living standards, build a close new relationship with the EU, protect workers’ rights and environmental standards, provide certainty to EU nationals and give a meaningful role to Parliament throughout negotiations.
We will end Theresa May’s reckless approach to Brexit, and seek to unite the country around a Brexit deal that works for every community in Britain. We will scrap the Conservatives’ Brexit White Paper and replace it with fresh negotiating priorities that have a strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Union – which are essential for maintaining industries, jobs and businesses in Britain. Labour will always put jobs and the economy first. A Labour government will immediately guarantee existing rights for all EU nationals living in Britain and secure reciprocal rights for UK citizens who have chosen to make their lives in EU countries. EU nationals do not just contribute to our society: they are part of our society. And they should not be used as bargaining chips. It is shameful that the Prime Minister rejected repeated attempts by Labour to resolve this issue before Article 50 was triggered. As a result three million EU nationals have suffered unnecessary uncertainty, as have the 1.2 million UK citizens living in the EU. A Conservative Brexit will weaken workers’ rights, deregulate the economy, slash corporate taxes, sideline Parliament and democratic accountability, and cut Britain off from our closest allies and most important trading partners.
Labour recognises that leaving the EU with ‘no deal’ is the worst possible deal for Britain and that it would do damage to our economy and trade. We will reject ‘no deal’ as a viable option and if needs be negotiate transitional arrangements to avoid a 'cliff-edge’ for the UK economy.
The issues that affect our continent now will continue to do so in the future – and Labour will continue to work constructively with the EU and other European nations on issues such as climate change, refugee crises and counter-terrorism. We will build a close co-operative future relationship with the EU, not as members but as partners.

Labour government will ensure that the UK maintains our leading research role by seeking to stay part of Horizon 2020 and its successor programmes and by welcoming research staff to the UK. We will seek to maintain membership of (or equivalent relationships with) European organisations which offer benefits to the UK such as Euratom and the European Medicines Agency. We will seek to ensure that Britain remains part of the Erasmus scheme so that British students have the same educational opportunities after we leave the EU. The EU is the UK’s single largest trading partner in agricultural produce, with the vast majority of British exports being sold to European markets. A Labour government will end the uncertainty for our farmers and food producers by securing continued EU market access allowing British farmers and food producers to continue to sell their products on the Continent.
Labour will also protect our farmers and rural economy by ensuring Britain continues to set the highest standards in food quality and welfare. We will not allow Brexit to be used as an excuse to undercut our farmers and flood Britain’s food chain with cheap and inferior produce.
We will drop the Conservatives’ Great Repeal Bill, replacing it with an EU Rights and Protections Bill that will ensure there is no detrimental change to workers’ rights, equality law, consumer rights or environmental protections as a result of Brexit.
Throughout the Brexit process, we will make sure that all EU-derived laws that are of benefit - including workplace laws, consumer rights and environmental protections – are fully protected without qualifications, limitations or sunset clauses. We will work with trade unions, businesses and stakeholders to ensure there is a consensus on this vital issue. A Labour approach to Brexit will ensure there can be no rolling back of key rights and protections and that the UK does not lag behind Europe in workplace protections and environmental standards in future.
The EU has had a huge impact in securing workplace protections and environmental safeguards. But we all know that for many Brexiteers in the Tory Party, this was why they wanted to Leave – to tear up regulations and weaken hard-fought rights and protections.
A Labour government will never consider these rights a burden or accept the weakening of workers’ rights, consumer rights or environmental protections. We will introduce legislation to ensure there are no gaps in national security and criminal justice arrangements as a result of Brexit.
Labour recognises the vital role that cross-border agencies such as Eurojust and Europol have played in making Britain safer and that European Arrest Warrants have been invaluable. A Labour government will seek to retain membership of these agencies and continue European Arrest Warrant arrangements."
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(Original post by JasmineGlanv47)
I'm particularly interested in their stance on whether UK citizens can keep their EU membership?
There is no stance that can be taken on that as your rights as an EU citizen are derived wholly from Britain's membership of the EU. There is not even the remotest possibility that you can remain an EU citizen if you are not a citizen of an EU member state.
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(Original post by Good bloke)
There is no stance that can be taken on that as your rights as an EU citizen are derived wholly from Britain's membership of the EU. There is not even the remotest possibility that you can remain an EU citizen if you are not a citizen of an EU member state.
Labour want us to remain a member of the Single Market, which would effectively keep us being EU citizens bar being able to vote in the European elections.


(Original post by MildredMalone)
Hard to say really, they have no leadership so we don't know who to listen to about the opinions of the party itself.
(Original post by Homeschool2020)
Well its kind of awkward because Labour was against Brexit and still kind of is, and they want a " soft Brexit" however their leader Jeremy Corbyn has kind of spent his entire life asking for Brexit so yeah... its a bit awkward and rather unknown as to what policies they have

See above. They accept the results of the referendum but wish to maintain our existing rights as an EU member.
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(Original post by SHallowvale)
Labour want us to remain a member of the Single Market, which would effectively keep us being EU citizens bar being able to vote in the European elections.
Yet they also say that freedom of movement will end upon Brexit and that they will introduce visas for EU citizens. Can you see the contradiction? The EU is clear that to be in the single market there must be freedom of movement, so Labour's stance precludes that anyway, as does that of the Tories.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-a7738326.html

Neither the Tories nor Labour could have us remain in the single market.
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(Original post by Good bloke)
Yet they also say that freedom of movement will end upon Brexit and that they will introduce visas for EU citizens. Can you see the contradiction? The EU is clear that to be in the single market there must be freedom of movement, so Labour's stance precludes that anyway, as does that of the Tories.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-a7738326.html

Neither the Tories nor Labour could have us remain in the single market.
Huh, I do beg your pardon! I stand correct in that case.

Interesting, I thought their pledge was that we should remain in the single market and keep freedom of movement. At least that was amongst their 'demands' for approving a Brexit deal between the UK-EU in Parliament.
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(Original post by SHallowvale)
Huh, I do beg your pardon! I stand correct in that case.

Interesting, I thought their pledge was that we should remain in the single market and keep freedom of movement. At least that was amongst their 'demands' for approving a Brexit deal between the UK-EU in Parliament.
You cannot expect the current Labour leadership to maintain consistency across a bigger time period that an hour or so. Corbyn changed one policy on the hoof while announcing the manifesto, then changed it again.
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