Sir Keir Starmer clashes with Labour over Brexit

He added he would tear down unnecessary barriers to trade as well as strengthening security cooperation with European allies.

Sir Keir campaigned to remain in the EU during the 2016 referendum, before serving as Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow Brexit secretary and backing a second referendum.

But his speech on Monday was his strongest signal yet that he now wants to steer the party away from any association with the Remain camp.

Last month, a shadow minister said Labour would seek to at least rejoin the EU’s Single Market and a customs union once in power.

Anna McMorrin, a shadow justice minister, told supporters that Labour should renegotiate the current deal with the EU, suggesting that could be a path to rejoining fully.

Speaking to the Labour in Communication group, Ms McMorrin said when asked whetherBritain could return to the Single Market: “I hope so, I really hope so.”

But she later rowed back on her comments, saying: “Labour policy on Brexit is clear. We have left the EU, Labour voted for the deal. It is now the job of all of us to make it work.”

David Lammy, the shadow foreign secretary and another potential leadership candidate, has also backed reworking ties with Brussels.

“Of course, if we were in government there are aspects of our relationship with the European Union that do need to be determined,” he told LBC last month.

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