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Jeremy Corbyn rules out UK staying in single market after Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn rules out UK staying in single market after Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn tightened his grip over the Labour machine as allies triumphed in elections to three new positions on the party's governing body.

Left wing trio Jon Lansman, Yasmine Dar and Rachel Garnham easily defeated their moderate rivals - including comedian Eddie Izzard - to claim their places on Labour's national executive committee.

Corbyn clarified, however, in his Sunday´s statements to the media, that Labor Party "does not support or ask for a second referendum, what we demand is a vote in Parliament" on that initiative, which could be approved by the legislators.

"I would urge the NEC and Jeremy and the Labour party to keep an eye on the prize, the election, let's win it", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Seizing control of the committee will give Mr Corbyn's backers near complete control of Labour and prompt growing fears of de-selection among moderate MPs.

Speaking on ITV's Peston programme, Mr Corbyn made clear he was not yet calling for a new national poll on withdrawal - but said he was not implacably opposed to one either.

Jon Lansman - the arch leftie founder of the Momentum campaign group - beat off comic Eddie Izzard for a slot on the NEC.

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In a triumphant tweet, Mr Lansman said Labour was now "at last the 21st Century version of the socialist party I joined 44 years ago".

A review of party democracy led by the former MP Katy Clark is to examine whether MPs should face mandatory reselection triggered by party members and local affiliates, which include trade union branches.

Veteran campaigner Mr Lansman, who gained 65,163 votes, said he was "really honoured" to represent the nearly 600,000 members of the Labour Party.

Izzard, a long-time Labour supporter whose candidacy was backed by the party's centre-left, said he would run again at the next elections for Labour's NEC. Apart from "his endless offensive remarks about women, about minorities and about different faiths", Corbyn said the "biggest disappointment of Donald Trump" was "his failure to support worldwide institutions like the United Nations and like UNESCO".

Meanwhile, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said that if 90% of people were calling for another vote, it would present a challenge "for all of us who are democrats".

Labour's policy on Brexit has been muddled since the historic referendum in June 2016, with the party's leadership generally backing a clean break from Brussels.


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