"We are not saying that anyone could not come here because there would be the right of travel and so on.
"The right to work here would be something that would have to be negotiated."It seems that the Labour Leader shares some of the concerns I raised in Yesterdays post on this blog
"grotesque exploitation" of EU migrants by some UK companies had caused "awful tensions" in communities because of the under-cutting of wages.
"What we don't want to do is turn Britain into a bargain-basement economy on the shores of Europe where we continuously reduce corporation taxation, encourage a low-wage economy,"The Liberal Democrats were buoyed up with initial reports that
He will say Labour’s priority in EU negotiations will remain full access to the European single market, but that his party wants “managed migration” and to repatriate powers from Brussels that would allow governments to intervene in struggling industries such as steel. Sources suggested that the economic demands were about tariff-free access to the single market, rather than membership that they argued did not exist.
Former Lib Dem Peter Black wrote
The fact is that we cannot remain members of or have access to the single market without the free movement of labour and capital. How can a country trade freely in goods, or have a level playing field with other members of a single market if it also imposes restrictions on who produces those goods or who finances the production of those goods?I find it somewhat distasteful to see the Liberal Democrats using Brexit to give them a Unique selling Point in order to attractant those who voted Remain .
Our European partners grasp this and they have stated it loudly and repeatedly. Why are the likes of Boris Johnson, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn not listening?
The Liberal Democrats are now the only home for those who want the UK to remain in the EU and/or retain access to the single market after Brexit. Labour have had their chance to join us in that campaign. Corbyn's latest re-positioning appears to have blown it for them.
Its as if they believe that this will wash away the sins of them being the bag carriers to the Tories in the previous government and supporting the austerity cuts.
This has led them to present themselves as the natural home for Remain supporters even if the chances of reversing Brexit at least remote for now
A commentator on Mr Black's Blog asked
What about Plaid and the Greens ?
# posted by : 12:18 PM
Plaid and the SNP are not UK parties. The Greens are not strong enough to fly this bannerIs it just me is this not proof that the Lib Dems are being opportunist in their argument that we Remainers should drift towards them.
# posted by Peter Black : 12:45 PM
Indeed it would be welcome if we we saw clearer statements from them echo Jeremy Corbyn over freedom of movement and the real problem of migrant workers is that they are exploited.
Also aside from Immigration though of us who oppose Brexit need to know what sought of European Union we want to remain in?
For the Wales and Scotland we need to know whether we should have a grater input in the UK dealings with Europe inside the EU or out.
I see no answers coming from the Liberal Democrats.