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Labour would keep the UK
in a customs union
with the European Union
after Brexit, according
to a senior minister.
Sir Kier Starmer told the BBC's
Andrew Marr Show that a new treaty,
replicating the existing customs
arrangement, would be best
for the economy and would respect
the referendum result.
The Prime Minister is committed
to leaving both the single market
and the customs union
and she is expected to outline
the Government's position
in more detail this week.
Emma Vardy reports.
After months of uncertainty over
Labour's position, no other party is
moving decisively away from a
so-called hard Brexit. It has been
unanimously agreed according to the
Shadow Brexit Secretary, Sir Keir
Starmer said Jeremy Corbyn will
announce tomorrow that Labour
government policy would be per the
UK to enter the new customs union
with the EU after Brexit.
championed being in a customs union
with the EU and the benefits of
that, it is the only way
realistically to get tariff free
access, really important for
manufacturing and nobody can answer
the question of how you keep your
commitment to no hard border in
Northern Ireland without a customs
Staying in a customs union
would mean Britain continuing to
trade freely with other EU
countries, this, says Sir Keir
Starmer, would be best for Britain's
manufacturers, but it would limit
our ability to strike new trade
deals outside Europe. Brexit
supporting Labour MPs say staying so
closely tied to the EU
closely tied to the EU does not keep
to the spirit of the referendum
What is wrong with it is the
country voted to leave and while it
is really important we negotiate
free-trade agreement with Europe,
the EU is a bankrupt organisation,
it has never had its accounts signed
off, it needs our money.
Conservatives have warned it is
crunch time with Theresa May, the
pro-EU MPs could defeat the
government in the Commons when
Parliament votes on the terms of the
final Brexit deal. But the trade
secretary Liam Fox encouraged to
remain supporting Tories to unite
behind Theresa May when she sets out
the Government's plans for the
future relationship with the EU next
I think when the rest of the
Parliamentary party hears on Friday
as the Prime Minister set set out at
she will win over Anna I hope they
will have an open mind and listen to
what the Prime Minister says.
there is a clear difference between
the Tories and Labour on Brexit.
Emma is here now.
How politically significant do you
think this shift from Labour is on
the customs union?
Lots of questions
over whether this has the potential
to bring down the Government,
whether they could be defeated in a
vote. The Prime Minister has ruled
out staying within a customs union
because it would constrain Britain's
ability to strike other trade deals.
But the pro-EU Tory former minister
Anna Soubry has tabled an amendment
backing membership of a customs
union and on paper it is thought
that our round ten Conservative MPs
supporting this. But if it really
came together crunch, would they go
that far to defeat Theresa May while
that could be seen as paving the way
for another general election which
could deliver a Labour government?
Strong warning from the
Conservatives in Duncan Smith to
colleagues, saying, do not play into
Labour's tactical game.
very much indeed.
The closing ceremony
of the Winter Olympics
in South Korea has been taking
place, bringing to an end 16 days
of sporting and political drama.
Russian athletes were not allowed
to march under their national flag
at the closing ceremony after two
of the team's members
failed drugs tests.
But the International Olympic
Committee says it will lift
the ban after the Games,
if no more Russians test positive.
Andy Swiss reports from Pyeongchang.
The sound of defiance...
Over a neutral anthem,
the Russian anthem being sung
by the gold-medal-winning ice hockey
team of the Olympic athletes
On the very day their nation
was getting a reprieve, 160 of their
athletes have had to compete
here under a neutral flag while
Russia wasn't granted their flag
for the closing ceremony
their Olympic ban is
now set to be lifted.
Despite two Russian
curler Alexander Krushelnitsky
failing drugs tests here.
There are cases of
negligence, but there is no
indication whatsoever for a systemic
or systematic doping.
As for Team GB, well,
a disappointing final day.
finishing 17th and 18th.
But with five medals,
including Lizzy Yarnold's
it's been their most successful
Winter Games ever.
We're very happy.
This is an historic games
for us, it's our best
of the Winter Olympics.
We have three medals
in one day on that
Saturday, we had back-to-back gold
medals with Lizzy Yarnold.
But these Games have
been about politics as
well as sport.
President Trump's daughter
Ivanka among those
attending the closing ceremony.
While after parading
under a unified flag
at the start of the Games, the
North and South Korean athletes once
again entered the stadium together,
embracing the spirit of celebration.
The large contingent from Team GB
also enjoyed their moment,
finally a chance to relax.
For the hosts who have been
widely praised for their
organisation, it's been
a memorable fortnight.
But at last, it was time to lower
the Olympic flag and hand
it over to Beijing who will hold
the next Games in four years' time.
It has a tough act to follow
as Pyeongchang put on
a dazzling spectacle.
A Games which has made so many
is saying goodbye in style.
Andy Swiss, BBC News, Pyeongchang.
Reports from Syria suggest
government forces have
continued their attack
on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta,
despite a UN demand
for a 30-day ceasefire.
In the last week, some 500 people
are said to have been killed
in air and ground attacks
by government forces.
China's state news agency says
the ruling Communist Party
has proposed a change
to the constitution
that would allow the president
and vice president to stay in power
for more than two terms.
The current president,
Xi Jinping, is due to step down
from his role in 2022.
Our China correspondent is in
Beijing, how significant is this
This proposal could see the
biggest change to the leadership of
this country, the second-biggest
economy in world, of course, for...
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