Labour's shadow Brexit secretary will tomorrow reveal his party's key tests for a successful negotiation with the EU, including market access terms equivalent to those enjoyed by the UK at present.
Speaking at think tank Chatham House tomorrow morning, Keir Starmer will call on Prime Minister Theresa May to secure a trading relationship with the "exact same benefits" the UK has as a member of the Single Market and customs union.
In doing so, Starmer will reference Brexit secretary David Davis' own comments in the House of Commons, which saw the Tory MP respond to a question from Anna Soubry, when he said the UK would seek "a comprehensive free trade agreement and a comprehensive customs agreement that will deliver the exact same benefits as we have".
Starmer will also call for the UK to establish a new "partnership" with the EU "based on shared values, common aims and mutual benefit".
And he will warn that walking away from trade talks without establishing a new relationship with the EU represents "the worst of all possible outcomes"
"The Prime Minister should end this unnecessary uncertainty now by committing to establish appropriate transitional arrangements starting on 29 March 2019 and lasting until a full and collaborative EU-UK treaty can be agreed," Starmer is expected to say.
He will add: "The Prime Minister should be under no illusion that Labour will not support a deal that fails to reflect core British values and the six tests I have set out today”.
Starmer's six Brexit deal tests
- Does it ensure a strong and collaborative future relationship with the EU?
- Does it deliver the “exact same benefits” as we currently have as members of the Single Market and Customs Union?
- Does it ensure the fair management of migration in the interests of the economy and communities
- Does it defend rights and protections and prevent a race to the bottom?
- Does it protect national security and our capacity to tackle cross-border crime?
- Does it deliver for all regions and nations of the UK?