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Thank you very much for that

introduction and before I start, I

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just think we should pause for a

moment and send our condolences to

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those who have lost their lives in

Leicester last night. We thank the

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emergency services, the police, the

fire, the ambulances and local

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residents for all the help and

support they gave to the victims of

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that tragedy last night. Could I

also say a big thank you to Coventry

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University for allowing us this

space this morning. After high-tech

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around us, the modern Labour Party,

ultra high-tech. You are supposed to

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laugh at that! Thank you. Also the

work that Coventry University does

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in cutting edge technology, research

technology, and ensuring that the

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skills of decades in Coventry that

build aircraft and cars and so much

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else are developed into the

high-tech that we want for the 21st

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century with sustainable industries

and technology. Can I also thank the

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Shadow ministers that are here

today. Rebecca Long Bailey, who is

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doing an incredible job on business

and trade. Barry Gardner who is

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doing a great job on trade itself.

You work together. And Keir Starmer

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who has done such a brilliant job in

holding the government to account

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and forcing them to retreat time

after time on the whole issue of

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Brexit negotiations.

And you very much for being here.

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APPLAUSE

And welcome to Coventry MPs were

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being here today.

I think we should also thank

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Geoffrey Robinson for the incredible

work he did in Parliament on the

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open door and is built on Friday. It

is making a difference to the lives

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of many people. -- oaken donors.

Britain's industrial heartland is

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where we are now and it is now set

to be our next City of Culture, so

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well done Coventry to doing that and

I am looking forward to joining in

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the celebrations. I was given a book

by the University this morning which

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I will treasure. Next month, the

government will embark on the second

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and most crucial phase of

negotiations to leave the European

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Union, to set the terms of Britain's

relationship with the EU for the

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long-term. We are now 20 months on

from the referendum that voted to

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leave and a year on from the

triggering of Article 50. But the

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country is still in the dark about

what this divided Conservative

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government actually wants out

Brexit. They cannot agree amongst

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themselves about what their

priorities are or what the future

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they want for Britain after Brexit

is. They have got no shortage of

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sound bites and slogans of course.

The Foreign Secretary says it will

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be a liberal Brexit, the Prime

Minister says it will be a red,

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white and blue Brexit. On other days

it is a bespoke, economic

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partnership. The Brexit secretary at

least no promises it will not be at

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maxed Mac style dystopia, which you

might think is setting the bar a

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little low. Whilst the trade

Secretary cannot contain himself at

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the prospect of pushing Britain into

a spiral of deregulation in right

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and standards. The Cabinet seemed to

agree at Chequers to leave the door

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open to that, while the ambitious,

manage diversion goes on, whatever

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that means. But the truth is we do

not know much more about where they

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are heading in these talks while

workers, businesses and everyone who

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voted in the referendum just want to

know what the government's approach

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to Brexit is likely to mean for

their future and the future of the

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country. As the opposition, we have

been trying to hold this government

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to account, we have a duty to do

that. Our message has been

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consistent since the vote to leave

20 months ago. We respect the

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results of the referendum. Our

priority is to get the best deal for

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people's jobs, living standards and

the economy, as Becky was explaining

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in her opening remarks. We reject

any race to the bottom in workers'

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rights, environmental safeguards,

consumer protections or food safety

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standards. We pushed the government

to act to guarantee the rights of

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European Union citizens living here,

and of UK citizens who have made

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their homes elsewhere in Europe. I

want to thank all those European

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Union nationals who have made their

homes here and who have made such an

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incredible contribution to our

communities, lives and public

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services and say to the government

it is a shame on them, they have

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been through 20 months of uncertain

horror because there has been no

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guarantee of their future. We will

protect their rights by legislating

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immediately to guarantee permanent

residence for EU nationals living

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here and the right to bring their

families here.

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APPLAUSE

We also want to ensure a transition

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period on the existing terms, that

was a very strong point that other

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colleagues put in parliament, which

would minimise disruption and avoid

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an economic cliff edge.

To avoid any return to a hard border

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in Northern Ireland and to guarantee

Parliament a meaningful vote on the

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final deal. The Conservative

government has dithered and delayed.

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There are divisions, incompetence

and deregulation obsession risks

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putting jobs and living standards at

risk as we leave the European Union.

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This is an economy that has already

been damaged by eight years of

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conservative austerity. Wages are

still lower today than they were a

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decade ago. Productivity lags

dangerously behind other major

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economies. The government has failed

to invest and modernise. More people

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are living in poverty and we are

closing the deficit that was due to

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be eradicated in 2015, then 2016,

then 2017, then 2020, and now it has

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been put back to 2025. After years

of Tory bluster and slogans, the

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Conservatives have been found out.

They have no economic plan and they

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have no Brexit plan. Every so often

they wheel out Boris Johnson to

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promise once more that they will

cough up more money for the NHS

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after Brexit. And they have spent

the last eight years not giving

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money to the National Health Service

that so desperately needs it. Even

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while they have been able to find

billions of pounds, billions, to cut

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taxes for the richest corporations,

to cut capital gains tax for the

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super-rich elite, and to scrap the

50% rate for the richest, and find

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billions more to cut inheritance tax

on the wealthiest estates and to

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slash the bank levy. Yet the NHS has

been subjected to the longest

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financial squeeze in its history.

This is a government that failed our

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NHS pre-Brexit and during Brexit and

certainly cannot be trusted with the

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NHS post Brexit. Labour will give

the NHS the resources it needs. We

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will raise tax on the top 5% and big

businesses. Those with the Brodie 's

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shoulders should pay, not by making

up numbers and parading them on the

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side of a bus. We will use the funds

return from Brussels after Brexit to

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invest in our public services and

the jobs of the future, not tax cuts

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for the richest.

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Today I want to set that Labour's

approach to Brexit in more detail,

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how we would do things differently.

What our priorities are for the

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Brexit negotiations and the values

that underpin them. The first is our

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overriding mission, that whatever is

negotiated must put people's jobs

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and living standards first. The

Brexit process must not leave our

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people and country worse off. We are

committed to building a more

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prosperous and more equal Britain in

which every region, every region,

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benefits and no community,

absolutely no community, is left

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behind. As we set out in our

manifesto, and that is what

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underpins our approach to Brexit.

The second is unity. Most people in

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our country, regardless of whether

they voted leave remain, want better

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jobs, more investment, stronger

rights and greater equality. So we

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will not let those who want to sow

divisions drive this process. No

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scapegoating of migrants, no set in

one generation against another, and

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no playing off the nations of the

UK.

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APPLAUSE

No one should be willing to

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sacrifice the Good Friday Agreement,

the bases of 20 years of relative

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peace and development and respect

for diversity in Northern Ireland.

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APPLAUSE

The Good Friday Agreement was a huge

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achievement and on this anniversary

of it less respect that and the

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achievement that went behind it and

not allow that to be undermined

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during the Brexit process. The third

is our global perspective. We are

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leaving the European Union, but we

are not leaving Europe. We are not

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throwing up protectionist barriers,

closing the borders and barricading

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ourselves in. We want a close and

cooperative relationship with the

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whole of Europe after Brexit. We are

a party of internationalists. We

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know that our interests are bound up

with millions of others or across

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the globe, whether that is in order

to tackle the huge challenges of

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climate change, build a more

peaceful world, or clamped down on

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the tax dodging elite who think that

by bestriding the globe they can

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avoid paying their share for vital

public services.

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APPLAUSE

I want to address each of these

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principles today because together

they define Labour's approach to

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Brexit. The Labour Party's values

and what the next Labour government

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will seek to deliver in office. So

many of the areas that voted to

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leave by the same areas that have

lost out from years of chronic

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underinvestment, areas where too

many people are held back by the

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lack of opportunities, where people

fail because the system is rigged

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against them because they cannot get

a decent, secure job. They cannot

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afford to buy a home, they cannot

get more hours or higher paid, they

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cannot afford to retire or are not

able to escape the spiral of debt.

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You cannot replace secure jobs in

manufacturing or mining with sports

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direct and insecure work like that.

You have got to do better than that

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as a society and country and we are

determined to do that.

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APPLAUSE

Labour's priority is to get the best

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Brexit deal for jobs and living

standards, to underpin our plans to

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upgrade the economy and invest in

every community and every region, to

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shift it away from the low pay, low

skill, low investment economy that

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it has become under the Tories and

rebalance that investment across the

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whole of the country so that no

longer will some regions get a mere

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16 of the capital investment that

goes to London. That is why Labour

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once a Brexit for all our people,

one that offers security to workers

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in the car industry worried about

their future, hope to families

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struggling to pay the bills each

month, and opportunities to young

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people wanted a decent job and a

home of their own. These are the

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people we are thinking of and

working for. It is a very different

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story around the awayday mahogany

table in Chequers. The government

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seems much more concerned about

cutting deals with each other for

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their friends and their funders in

the city of London. Labour is

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looking for a Brexit that puts the

working people first. Leaving the

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EU, whenever that exit date comes,

risks delivering a shock to the

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economy and lead the right plans and

protections are in place. To allow

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the kind of investment in economic

transformation programmes that the

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country needs and that Labour is

committed to. For 45 years our

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economy has become increasingly

linked to the European Union and

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many of our laws and regulations are

set and monitored by joint European

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authorities, from implementing rules

on the use of pesticides to

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assessing the levels of fluoride in

our drinking water. The European

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food safety authority plays a vital

role in monitoring the substances

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used in manufacturing or growing our

food using the latest scientific

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evidence to assess whether

substances are likely to have

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harmful effects on human or

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The European chemicals agency

carries out the valuable task of

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authorising chemicals are safe for

use. Many businesses have a supply

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chains and production processes

interwoven throughout Europe. Take

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the UK car industry, which supports

169,000 manufacturing jobs, 52,000

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of which are here in the West

Midlands. If we look at the example

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of one of Britain's most iconic

brands in this sector - the mini -

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we begin to see how reliant our

automotive industry is an

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frictionless, interwoven supply

chain. A Many will cross the Channel

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three times in a 2000 mile journey

finished our role in the production

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line. Starting in Oxford, it will be

moved to France to be fitted for key

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components before Brion bought back

to BMW's plant in Warwickshire,

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where it is moulded into shape.

Wants that process is complete, the

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Mini will be sent to Munich to be

fitted with its engine before ending

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its journey back at the Mini plant

in Oxford for final assembly. If

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that car is to be sold on the

continent, many of its components

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will have crossed the Channel four

tightens. The sheer complexity of

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these issues demand that we are

practical and serious about this

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next stage. I want to pay tribute to

Kenya, Rebecca, Barry and Emily

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Thornberry for grappling with these

issues. -- to Kier Starmer. They are

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serious and united in their work. I

don't want to be personal in

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politics but it isn't a bit of

contrast what is going on on the

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other side of the House of Commons

chamber. I will leave it at that. I

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don't want to tread on difficult

cordons that people are suffering

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from. It makes no sense for the UK

to abandon EU agencies and tariff

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free trading rules that have served

us well, supporting our industrial

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sectors, protecting workers and

consumers and safeguarding the

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environment. Is that means

negotiating to support individual EU

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agencies, rather than paying more to

duplicate those agencies here, then

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that should be an option, not

something ruled out because of some

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phoney jingoistic posturing by the

Foreign Secretary. So we will want

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to remain a part of some industries

like the one that regulates nuclear

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materials, and crucially in health

sectors. And programmes like you

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Rasmus, from which this university

benefits greatly. The students from

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Europe studying in Britain and

students from Britain studying in

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Europe Ben the lives of students on

both sides of the Channel and both

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sides of the continent. It serves

the interests of young people all

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across Europe to maintain membership

of that programme. We are leaving

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the EU but we are still working with

European partners in the economic

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interests of this country. When 44 %

of our imports are to EU countries

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and 50% of our imports come from EU

it is in both our interests for that

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trade to remain tariff free. It

would damage businesses that export

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to Europe and the jobs that depend

on those exports for there to be the

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additional costs of tariffs. And it

would damage consumers here, already

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failed by a stagnant wages and

rapidly rising housing costs. So, we

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will remain close to the EU - that's

obvious - every country, whether

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Turkey, Switzerland or Norway that

is geographically close to the EU

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without being an EU member state has

some sort of close relationship with

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the EU. Some are more advantageous

than others and Britain will need a

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bespoke negotiated relationship of

its own. During the transition

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period, which was proposed by Labour

in the first place, Labour would

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seek to remain in a customs union

with the EU and within the single

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market. That means we would abide by

the existing rules of both during

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transition. Buses so the Government,

businesses and workers only have to

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make one adjustment from the current

situation to the final terms. Labour

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spelt out the need for a stable

transition period last summer. Both

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the TUC and the CBI agree on that.

We thought the Government had

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accepted that case but they now seem

to be very surprisingly in disarray

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on this issue, yet again. Time after

time with this government anything

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agreed at breakfast is being

breached against by lunch and

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abandoned by tea-time. Disarray is,

it seems, the new strong and stable.

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And the Government's model and

division risk costly adjustments for

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both government and businesses from

the current terms to the

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transitional terms and then again to

the final terms. Labour would seek a

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final deal that gives full access to

European markets and maintains the

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benefits of the single market and

the customs union, as the Brexit

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secretary David Davis promised in

the House of Commons, with no new

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impediments to trade and no

reductions in standards of

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protection is. We have long argued

that a customs union is a viable

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option for the final deal, so Labour

would negotiate a new, comprehensive

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UK/ EU customs union to ensure there

are no tariffs with Europe and to

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help avoid any need whatsoever for a

hard border in northern Ireland's.

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APPLAUSE

But we are also clear that the

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option of a new UK Customs union

with the EU would need to ensure

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that the UK has a say in future

trade deals. New customs arrangement

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would depend on Britain being able

to negotiate agreement for new trade

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deals in our national interest.

Labour would not countenance a deal

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that left Britain as a passive

recipient of rules decided elsewhere

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by others, that would mean ending up

as a mere rule take. In contrast,

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the Conservative Government has

moved from saying it wanted trade

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with EU after Brexit to be tariff

free to saying they wanted to be as

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tariff free as possible, quite a

significant change, in which sectors

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of the economy and industry does the

government think it would be

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acceptable for there to be tariffs?

They should let us know. Like with

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so much else, they have not spelt

that out, 20 months after the

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referendum. That is the consequence

of ruling out the option of the

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customs union, a customs union,

which the Government has done. So I

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appeal to MPs of all parties - be

prepared to put the people's

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interests before the ideological

fantasies, to join us in supporting

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the option of a new UK customs union

with the EU that would give us a say

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in future trade deals. Labour

respect the result of the referendum

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and is leaving the EU but we will

not support any Tory deal that would

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do lasting damage to jobs, rights

and living standards. Some seem very

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keen on downgrading our trading

links with Europe but we do not

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believe that deals with the US or

China would be likely to compensate

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for a significant loss of trade with

our neighbours in the European Union

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and the Government's only cut

assessments show exactly that. Both

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the United States and China have

much weaker standards and

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regulations. Those deals would risk

dragging Britain into a race to the

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bottom on vital protections and our

rights at work. Environment,

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consumer and rights at work are

pretty central to everything the

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Labour Party believes in. And let me

make this clear - we implacably

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oppose our National Health Service,

or any other public services, being

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part of a trade deal with Trump's

America or a revived Transatlantic

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Trade and Investment Partnership

style deal with the EU, which would

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open the door to a flood of further

privatisation of public services and

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our National Health Service.

APPLAUSE

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And we're not prepared to ask the

British public to eat chlorinated

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chicken and lower the standards of

British farming. We would ensure

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there will be no reduction in

rights, standards or protections

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and, instead, seek to extend them. A

deregulatory race to the bottom

0:23:510:23:56

would damage people's jobs and

living standards and Labour would

0:23:560:24:00

negotiate a new and strong

relationship with the single market

0:24:000:24:04

that includes full tariff free

access and a floor under existing

0:24:040:24:11

rights, standards and protections.

That new relationship would need to

0:24:110:24:16

ensure we could deliver our

ambitious economic programme, to

0:24:160:24:20

take essential steps to intervene,

of grade and transform our economy,

0:24:200:24:26

to build an economy for the 21st

century that works for the many, not

0:24:260:24:29

just the few. Labour has set out how

we would create a national

0:24:290:24:37

investment bank to drive investment

in every community, through a

0:24:370:24:41

network of Regional Development

Banks, so that every area has an

0:24:410:24:48

industrial strategy based on

investment in a high skill, high

0:24:480:24:52

wage, high productivity economy and

through our 500 billion national

0:24:520:24:59

transformation fund, we would invest

in a decade-long programme of

0:24:590:25:03

renewal so that Britain has the

infrastructure that matches, if not

0:25:030:25:07

exceeds, that of major economies

elsewhere. In our transport

0:25:070:25:13

networks, our energy markets and our

digital infrastructure, too often

0:25:130:25:16

Britain lags well behind so we'd

also seek to negotiate protections,

0:25:160:25:22

clarifications or exemptions where

necessary in relation to

0:25:220:25:27

privatisation and public service

competition directives. State aid

0:25:270:25:31

and procurement rules and the Posted

Workers Directive. We can not be

0:25:310:25:39

held back from taking the steps we

need to support cutting-edge

0:25:390:25:43

industries and local businesses and

stop the tide of privatisation and

0:25:430:25:51

outsourcing, or from preventing

employers being able to import cheap

0:25:510:25:58

agency labour to undercut existing

pay and conditions and result in

0:25:580:26:01

grotesque levels of exploitation of

vulnerable workers and loss of jobs

0:26:010:26:07

to others, and huge profits to the

employer in the middle of that. We

0:26:070:26:11

would deal with that.

APPLAUSE

0:26:110:26:18

It was alarming that after the

Brexit vote there was a clear rise

0:26:180:26:25

in xenophobic and racist attacks on

our streets. The referendum campaign

0:26:250:26:30

was divisive and some politicians on

the Leave side whipped up fears and

0:26:300:26:35

division in order to further their

cause, that built on the shameful

0:26:350:26:41

vans telling immigrants to go home

that the then Home Secretary

0:26:410:26:45

instructed to trundle around the

country, stirring division. I

0:26:450:26:50

remember just after the referendum

result receiving a text from a young

0:26:500:26:54

person in my constituency who had

been subjected to abuse in the

0:26:540:26:57

street for the first time, the first

time in his life he'd been abused

0:26:570:27:01

for what he is, and he was very

afraid. Our immigration system will

0:27:010:27:08

change and freedom of room at will,

as a statement of fact, end when we

0:27:080:27:12

leave the EU, but we have also said

that in the trade negotiations our

0:27:120:27:20

priorities are growth, jobs and

people's living standards. We make

0:27:200:27:23

no apologies for putting those aims

before bogus immigration targets.

0:27:230:27:29

Labour would design our immigration

policy around the needs of the

0:27:290:27:32

economy, based on fair rules and the

reasonable management of migration.

0:27:320:27:39

Every industry needs workers stepped

is a skill shortage in Britain and

0:27:390:27:43

our National Health Service is

already suffering because large

0:27:430:27:45

numbers of EU staff have gone home

because they're frightened of the

0:27:450:27:49

future in Britain. We want to turn

that around. They're welcome to

0:27:490:27:54

stay, welcome to work here and we

need their skills and dedication to

0:27:540:27:59

public service and under Labour we

will make sure that happens.

0:27:590:28:01

APPLAUSE

We would not do what this Government

0:28:010:28:08

is doing and start from rigid red

lines then work out what that means

0:28:080:28:12

the economy afterwards. Is Diane

Abbott, our shadow home secretary,

0:28:120:28:18

set out last week we do not begin

with how do we reduce immigration

0:28:180:28:22

and to hell with the consequences?

These are Tory policies and Tory

0:28:220:28:27

values. Part of the reason why net

migration has been relatively high

0:28:270:28:30

in recent years is because of the

skills shortage in the UK labour

0:28:300:28:35

market. At the general election

Labour set out plans to invest in a

0:28:350:28:40

national education service with free

College university trading places to

0:28:400:28:45

tackle those shortages and not drive

young people into debt just because

0:28:450:28:52

they want to get a university

education. But people...

0:28:520:28:55

APPLAUSE

People also feel frustrated when

0:28:550:29:01

they are denied opportunities to

retrain or improve their skills and

0:29:010:29:06

employers instead import skilled

labour from elsewhere. We will also

0:29:060:29:10

restore free English as a second

language courses so that people who

0:29:100:29:14

come here, whether as migrants or

refugees, can learn English and

0:29:140:29:18

fully participate in their

communities and workplaces. We also

0:29:180:29:23

set out how we would tighten our

labour market regulations and

0:29:230:29:26

strengthen trade union rights to

tackle the insecurity and

0:29:260:29:30

exploitation of all workers. When

migrant workers come to Britain they

0:29:300:29:35

must not be exploited or used to

undercut or suppress better working

0:29:350:29:38

conditions or higher pay. Those

issues can only be tackled by

0:29:380:29:43

stronger employment law, to stop

employers being able to import cheap

0:29:430:29:49

agency labour to undercut existing

pay and conditions, co-operative

0:29:490:29:54

agreements and sectoral bargaining

must become the norm. Labour stands

0:29:540:29:57

for the rate for the job, not a race

to the bottom.

0:29:570:30:06

But let's also be clear, it is not

migrants that drive down wages, it

0:30:060:30:13

is bad employers that cut pay and

bad governments that allow workers

0:30:130:30:17

to be divided and undermined and

they want unions to be weak and

0:30:170:30:23

passive. We will strengthen our

employment law, invest in the skills

0:30:230:30:28

of workers in Britain so they can

progress. And we will oppose all

0:30:280:30:33

those who instead of seeking to

solve problems seek to scapegoat

0:30:330:30:36

instead. The demolition of the last

Labour government completed the

0:30:360:30:42

peace process in Northern Ireland

which we must cherish. The Good

0:30:420:30:46

Friday Agreement was a great

achievement and I pay tribute to the

0:30:460:30:49

work done by the Prime Minister Tony

Blair at the time, Mo Mowlam and

0:30:490:30:53

many others who worked so hard on

all sides in Northern Ireland to

0:30:530:30:57

secure that agreement. We must

continue to support the restoration

0:30:570:31:02

of the Northern Ireland assembly and

to ensure we maintain the situation

0:31:020:31:06

of no hard border in Northern

Ireland. The previous Labour

0:31:060:31:11

government also brought power is

close to home in Scotland and Wales,

0:31:110:31:14

establishing the Scottish Parliament

and the Welsh assembly. And so

0:31:140:31:19

Labour believes that powers over

devolved policy areas currently

0:31:190:31:23

exercised by the EU should go

directly to the relevant body

0:31:230:31:27

devolved after Brexit. That power is

closer to the people. That is the

0:31:270:31:34

same principle that informs the

regional development banks that the

0:31:340:31:37

next Labour government will deliver.

The Constitution of the Labour Party

0:31:370:31:42

includes a commitment to support the

United Nations, a promise, and I

0:31:420:31:50

quote, to secure peace, freedom,

democracy, economic security and

0:31:500:31:55

environmental protection for all.

Some want to use Brexit to turn

0:31:550:31:59

Britain on itself, seeing everyone

is a fierce competitor. Others want

0:31:590:32:07

to use Brexit to put rocket boosters

under our current economic systems,

0:32:070:32:15

insecurities and inequalities,

turning Britain into a deregulated

0:32:150:32:17

corporate tax haven with low wages,

limited rights and cut-price public

0:32:170:32:22

services in what would be a

destructive race to the bottom.

0:32:220:32:27

Labour stands for a completely

different future. Drawing on the

0:32:270:32:34

best internationalist traditions of

the labour movement and this country

0:32:340:32:37

we want to see close cooperative

relations with our European

0:32:370:32:41

neighbours outside the EU, based on

our values of internationalism,

0:32:410:32:47

solidarity and equality, as well as

mutual benefit and fair trade. We

0:32:470:32:51

are proud that Britain was an

original signatory of the European

0:32:510:32:56

Convention of human rights in 1948

and in 1998 Labour's Human Rights

0:32:560:33:01

Act enshrined that in law. So Labour

will continue to work with other

0:33:010:33:07

European allies, including through

the Council of Europe, to ensure our

0:33:070:33:11

country and others uphold our

international obligations. We must

0:33:110:33:15

work with other countries to advance

the cause of human rights, to

0:33:150:33:21

confront the four greatest

interconnected threats facing our

0:33:210:33:25

common humanity. First, the growing

concentration of unaccountable

0:33:250:33:32

wealth and power in the hands of a

tiny global, corporate elite. We

0:33:320:33:39

must challenge that, working with

our European neighbours to stop

0:33:390:33:45

those who play one country off

against another, or those who hide

0:33:450:33:50

their wealth offshore in order to

avoid paying their dues to fund the

0:33:500:33:54

public services that they all use at

some point in their lives.

0:33:540:33:57

APPLAUSE

The second, climate change, which is

0:33:570:34:06

creating instability and fuelling

conflict across the world and

0:34:060:34:10

threatening all our futures. No

matter how much we informed them,

0:34:100:34:15

they stubbornly, pollution refuses

to respect national borders. We can

0:34:150:34:22

only tackle climate change,

pollution and environmental

0:34:220:34:28

degradation by working together and

many of our closest allies in that

0:34:280:34:32

struggle are in Europe. The Green

Alliance estimates trade in low

0:34:320:34:36

carbon goods and services

contributed over 42 billion to the

0:34:360:34:42

economy from 2015. The UK low carbon

and renewable energy sector was

0:34:420:34:47

expecting to increase fivefold by

2030, potentially bringing 2 million

0:34:470:34:51

jobs and contributing more than 8%

to the UK's national output. But

0:34:510:34:57

that needs us to maintain our

standards and ensure barrier free

0:34:570:35:01

trade and low carbon goods. Those

include eco-design and energy

0:35:010:35:07

labelling standards, greenhouse gas

emission standards for vehicles and

0:35:070:35:13

internal energy market construction

product standards, chemical

0:35:130:35:17

regulation and nuclear safety and

safeguards. So the importance of

0:35:170:35:21

getting our Brexit settlement right

is vital in this area, both in terms

0:35:210:35:25

of Britain's industrial role in

reducing climate change, and in

0:35:250:35:30

terms of protecting jobs and

industry. Thirdly, there are

0:35:300:35:36

unprecedented numbers of people

fleeing conflict, persecution, human

0:35:360:35:40

rights abuses, social breakdown and

climate disaster. The global refugee

0:35:400:35:45

crisis is huge and there are 65

million refugees across the world,

0:35:450:35:53

that is the equivalent of the entire

population of Britain. That crisis

0:35:530:35:58

is a challenge, much of which is on

the borders of Europe. That

0:35:580:36:03

challenge can be met by coordinating

with neighbours, both to crack down

0:36:030:36:09

on people smugglers who put men,

women and children at sea in

0:36:090:36:13

unseaworthy vessels, as too many

desperate people are drowning in

0:36:130:36:21

pursuit of sanctuary. These are

people who are simply seeking refuge

0:36:210:36:26

from cruelty and suffering. I want

to make a contribution, but for

0:36:260:36:32

accident of birth could be any of

us. Let's have the hand of humanity

0:36:320:36:38

to refugees around the world and not

blame them for the problems they

0:36:380:36:42

fleeing from.

APPLAUSE

0:36:420:36:46

And I pay tribute to the role the

Royal Navy has played in their

0:36:460:36:54

contribution in the Mediterranean in

saving lives and blocking people

0:36:540:36:56

from danger in the sea.

Finally, I want to address

0:36:560:37:02

unilateral military intervention

rather than diplomacy to resolve

0:37:020:37:07

disputes. Let's learn the lessons of

Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan and

0:37:070:37:12

declare we will not take our country

down the road of regime change was

0:37:120:37:15

again, the real issue is persecution

and inequality and we will continue

0:37:150:37:26

to play a role in partnership with

the EU in that effect. We live in a

0:37:260:37:33

globalised world, the lives we lead

our dependence on the work of others

0:37:330:37:37

and our trade with those from around

the world. Many of us have friends

0:37:370:37:42

and family that are from or who

lived in many other parts of the

0:37:420:37:45

world. In contrast the Prime

Minister has said if you believe you

0:37:450:37:51

are a citizen of the world, you are

a citizen of nowhere. We believe in

0:37:510:37:56

fact that we can only achieve what

we want to citizens of Britain but

0:37:560:38:04

also recognising we are citizens of

the world.

0:38:040:38:06

APPLAUSE

I have long opposed embedding a

0:38:060:38:18

free-market orthodoxy and the

democratic deficit in the European

0:38:180:38:21

Union. That is why I campaigned to

remain and reform in the referendum.

0:38:210:38:29

Scepticism is healthy, especially

when dealing with politicians, and

0:38:290:38:33

there are plenty of them here today.

All the received wisdom of the

0:38:330:38:39

political and media establishment,

and there are plenty of us here

0:38:390:38:42

today, but often the term

Eurosceptic in reality became

0:38:420:38:45

synonymous with anti-European. I am

not anti-European atoll. I want to

0:38:450:38:54

see close, progressive cooperation

with the whole of Europe after

0:38:540:38:56

Brexit. Labour is the party of the

new common-sense on the economy, on

0:38:560:39:03

public services and on Brexit, the

only party which recognises the

0:39:030:39:08

world has changed these last ten

years and we cannot continue with

0:39:080:39:13

widening inequality, deregulation of

industry and privatisation of public

0:39:130:39:18

services. We are in a country where

Tory run councils are collapsing

0:39:180:39:24

because of cuts. Homeless people are

dying on the streets in the shadow

0:39:240:39:30

of Parliament. Good jobs are being

lost because we have got a

0:39:300:39:35

government that will not get a grip

on the casino economy. In or out of

0:39:350:39:41

the European Union we have to deal

with that reality, the reality of

0:39:410:39:45

market failure and of austerity. The

free market has not worked in the

0:39:450:39:55

banking sector, it has not worked in

the water industry or in energy or

0:39:550:40:00

utilities, and it has crashed in

outsourcing. It has failed our

0:40:000:40:05

fragmented railways and it has led

to a labour market where abuse is

0:40:050:40:07

right. The European Union is not the

root of all our problems and leaving

0:40:070:40:14

it will not solve all our problems.

Likewise, the EU is not the source

0:40:140:40:19

of all enlightenment and leaving it

does not inevitably spell doom.

0:40:190:40:23

There will be some who will say

Brexit is a disaster for this

0:40:230:40:27

country and some who will say that

Brexit will create a land of milk

0:40:270:40:32

and honey. But Brexit is in our

hands, it is what we make of it

0:40:320:40:37

together, the priorities and choices

we make in negotiations. The

0:40:370:40:41

Conservative government is damaging

our country and their priorities for

0:40:410:40:45

Brexit risk increasing and

exacerbating that damage. But I also

0:40:450:40:49

know what a Labour government could

do for this country and our

0:40:490:40:55

priorities for the Brexit

negotiations are the right ones, to

0:40:550:40:58

create a country that works, that

really does work, for the many and

0:40:580:41:03

not the few. Thank you very much.

APPLAUSE

0:41:030:41:16

We have got time for questions.

We

will do them in groups and we should

0:41:380:41:42

have some roving microphones. The

gentleman with the blue tie and the

0:41:420:41:48

glasses.

Channel 4 News. If he went

into a customs agreement, the say

0:41:480:41:59

you have made a speech right to be

heard, not a right to a vote or a

0:41:590:42:04

veto. Would you live with that?

Excuse me?

Is it the microphone? If

0:42:040:42:15

you go into a customs agreement you

might just have a right to be heard,

0:42:150:42:19

not a right to a vote or a veto on

any trade agreement the EU might

0:42:190:42:24

have. Could you live with that? You

pointed out it has been 20 months

0:42:240:42:28

since the referendum and you said

the Tories have been playing

0:42:280:42:33

politics. Why have you suddenly now

come round to the idea of a customs

0:42:330:42:38

agreement? Some people might think

you have got a political game on

0:42:380:42:41

your mind.

The lady with a blue

dress on just a bit further along.

0:42:410:42:53

From the Guardian. A QC has pointed

out this morning that a number of

0:42:530:43:00

European countries spend more on

state aid per head than the UK does

0:43:000:43:03

and also that Scandinavian style

economies are possible within the

0:43:030:43:07

single market because they exist.

What specific labour policies do you

0:43:070:43:12

hope to implement that you believe

requires an exemption from those

0:43:120:43:15

single market rules?

The gentleman

with the blue tie and the lovely

0:43:150:43:21

blue jumper.

Nick Watt, BBC

Newsnight. It is often said that

0:43:210:43:31

because we do not see you at the set

piece interventions on Brexit very

0:43:310:43:36

often that you are keen for Theresa

May to own Brexit's success or

0:43:360:43:41

failure and yet in the last week you

raised at Prime Minister's questions

0:43:410:43:45

and here we are today. I am

wondering, do you see an opportunity

0:43:450:43:51

to shape Brexit or an opportunity to

ship out Theresa May?

0:43:510:44:00

I love your blue sweater. It is very

nice. We have a team... I know it is

0:44:000:44:09

a bit of a difficult concept for the

Tory party to understand, we

0:44:090:44:13

actually have a team. It is called

the Shadow Cabinet and our Brexit

0:44:130:44:17

negotiating team and we have

travelled far and wide. I have

0:44:170:44:21

travelled over many parts of Europe,

I have maintained a very close

0:44:210:44:24

relationship with colleagues and

developed that understanding because

0:44:240:44:31

we want an alliance with them in the

future. I think I have attended more

0:44:310:44:37

meetings of party European socialist

than only Labour leader in the past

0:44:370:44:39

and our team is part of that. I did

raise these matters with the Prime

0:44:390:44:45

Minister at question time last week

and you would have heard all of that

0:44:450:44:49

and we will continue making these

interventions. Listen, it was only

0:44:490:44:55

two weeks or so after the referendum

in 2016 that Andy Burnham, who was

0:44:550:45:00

then our shadow home secretary

before he went on to become the

0:45:000:45:03

mayor of Greater Manchester,

proposed an amendment to Parliament,

0:45:030:45:10

a resolution to Parliament, which

would guarantee EU citizens the

0:45:100:45:12

right of residence in Britain. We're

been on this from the very beginning

0:45:120:45:16

of trying to deal with the

consequences of the decision the

0:45:160:45:19

British people and to us. On the

points that the journalist from the

0:45:190:45:28

guardian raised, the issues are of

competition rules and the issues are

0:45:280:45:32

of the rules on state aid and, for

example, the nationalisation of RBS,

0:45:320:45:40

in order to accommodate European

rules, was accompanied by the

0:45:400:45:43

selling off of some of the best

parts of RBS and the public was left

0:45:430:45:48

with the remainder. Royal Mail is

unnatural delivery, it is a natural

0:45:480:45:57

monopoly. I do not accept the idea

there has to be competition in mail

0:45:570:46:02

delivery. After all, we all only

have one letter box and it is much

0:46:020:46:07

more efficient to have one mail

delivery person coming down the

0:46:070:46:10

street than three or four from

different companies. On the idea you

0:46:100:46:13

have competition in water supplier

is a little odd when only one water

0:46:130:46:16

by constantly channels. So the idea

that the competition rules work for

0:46:160:46:22

the benefit of all, we do not

believe to be the case and we set

0:46:220:46:25

out very clearly in our manifesto,

which received a huge degree of

0:46:250:46:29

support, was public ownership of

water and mail and of train

0:46:290:46:32

operating companies. On the point

raised by Channel 4, I set it out in

0:46:320:46:40

the speech, what we want to achieve,

and what we want to achieve is our

0:46:400:46:45

right to be able to negotiate and

consult at the same time with the

0:46:450:46:50

European Union on the sort of trade

agreements we make and also to

0:46:500:46:55

influence them on the sort of trade

deals that are made with the rest of

0:46:550:46:59

the world. For example, EU trade

agreement at the moment have a human

0:46:590:47:03

rights clause, very seldom enforced,

and they also have what I hoped

0:47:030:47:06

would be much stronger clauses on

workers' rights and opportunities in

0:47:060:47:15

third World countries or

non-European countries from which

0:47:150:47:17

goods are imported. I would want to

see those things stronger and Labour

0:47:170:47:21

government would be committed to

making those things stronger. Does

0:47:210:47:25

that mean we have to be passive

takers? No. We are a large economy,

0:47:250:47:29

an important part of the world trade

system and we would obviously

0:47:290:47:34

negotiate to achieve that. Barry has

set this out very clearly in many

0:47:340:47:37

debates in Parliament.

What took you

so long... Some might say you're

0:47:370:47:45

playing politics die with this

issue.

That is a really strange

0:47:450:47:49

question because I, as you know,

spend a lot of time travelling

0:47:490:47:53

around the country doing campaigning

meetings. The issues surrounding

0:47:530:47:56

Brexit, Paul the time and we thought

it would be helpful if, as the

0:47:560:48:00

second stage of negotiations is

beginning, we set out our views here

0:48:000:48:04

today which is exactly what we're

doing, and thank you coming along.

0:48:040:48:10

Any more questions? We have a lady

in a blue dress to talk

You

0:48:100:48:18

mentioned about the automotive

industry in commentary. Jaguar Land

0:48:180:48:23

Rover said they would suffer dire

consequences from the impact of

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Brexit and thousands having to pay

for it with their jobs. First of

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all, what do you say to that and

secondly, would your plan reassure

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them of those fears?

The gentleman

behind with the fetching scarf on.

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Thank you. Mr Corbyn, you talked

about the need to maintain a soft

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border in Northern Ireland. You

admitted that staying in the customs

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union would only help that aim. The

EU have said repeatedly that the

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only way to guarantee that there was

not a hard border is to stay in the

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single market to talk if it comes

down to it and it does prove to be

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the case, you are saying they are

wrong on that old Ugandans leaving

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on the table the option of staying

in the single market?

And a

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gentleman just a little bit further

back with the trendy beards.

Charlie

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Cooper. There was a new campaign

group formed a few months ago called

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Our Future, Our Choice, a youth

campaign group and their main

0:49:210:49:25

purpose is to persuade you, Mr

Corbyn, to back a second referendum

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on EU membership. You believe in the

power of grassroots campaigns to

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change minds. Is there any chance

they could ever change your mind on

0:49:330:49:36

this?

On the question of jobs here

in commentary, yes, Coventry is a

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manufacturing centre, is a research

centre, and it is part of the whole

0:49:440:49:50

West Midlands industrial strength

and, clearly, that relies very

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heavily on trade with Europe, as

this university relies on overseas

0:49:530:49:59

students, not just from Europe but

from all over, and I want to visit

0:49:590:50:03

protect those jobs and to ensure

that the universities can carry on

0:50:030:50:08

recruiting large numbers of overseas

students but likewise, I also want

0:50:080:50:12

to make sure that UK students don't

go into debt in order to get an

0:50:120:50:16

education. So our proposals here are

that we have the effect of trading

0:50:160:50:22

relationship with Europe and I think

what we've said here today ought to

0:50:220:50:25

be good news for the people in

commentary and in the West Midlands.

0:50:250:50:30

On the question of the border with

Northern Ireland, we are very, very

0:50:300:50:38

clear that the Good Friday Agreement

was a huge, enormous step forward,

0:50:380:50:44

in which both traditions in Northern

Ireland and across the island of

0:50:440:50:47

Ireland were respected, and that

historical movement came because of

0:50:470:50:51

very brave people being prepared to

talk and negotiate about it. Nobody

0:50:510:50:56

wants to lose that and, indeed,

every meeting I've been to in

0:50:560:51:01

Brussels or anywhere else, the

Northern Ireland border issue does

0:51:010:51:03

come up. That means there has to be

a customs union that guarantees

0:51:030:51:08

there is no hard border between the

Republic of Ireland and Northern

0:51:080:51:13

Ireland and that is our priority. We

have made that very, very clear time

0:51:130:51:16

and time again. On the question of a

decision on the outcome, what we've

0:51:160:51:23

pushed for is a number of red lines

in the House of Commons, one of

0:51:230:51:28

which is the point is that Keir

Starmer has made many, many times

0:51:280:51:32

that there should be a meaningful

vote in parliament on the final

0:51:320:51:35

deal, as indeed there will be a

decision made by the 27 member

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states in the European Union, plus

the European Parliament, so there is

0:51:410:51:44

an awful lot of discussion and

negotiation to go on. We're not

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doing the negotiations but we are

setting out what we would do if we

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were in office and the priorities we

would make. We are not proposing a

0:51:520:51:57

second referendum. What we are

proposing is the final meaningful

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vote in parliament.

Let's makes it

up a bit now. Have we got any

0:52:020:52:06

non-journalists who want to ask

Jeremy question? The lady with the

0:52:060:52:11

blonde hair, second row.

Please... I

want to say, please will you hurry

0:52:110:52:21

up and be our Prime Minister?

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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We've got time for another two

questions. The gentleman with a blue

0:52:310:52:36

shirt, sat a couple of rows back, he

is standing up there.

Mr Corbyn,

0:52:360:52:43

following on from that... With this

new shift in politics, is it your

0:52:430:52:50

hope, your intention, that Labour

MPs will now be able to join with

0:52:500:52:57

Conservative rebels, defeat the

Government in Parliament and maybe

0:52:570:53:01

precipitate an election?

One more

before we go home. I will go for

0:53:010:53:09

this site, the gentleman with the

coat on and the glasses and the

0:53:090:53:12

beards.

Thank you very much. And

issue up and down the country, the

0:53:120:53:22

police shortage in the streets.

Certainly, my ward, which I

0:53:220:53:26

represent, there has been meetings

with... Up and down the country,

0:53:260:53:36

police are starved of resources. Is

there any possibility Labour

0:53:360:53:39

government could look into it and

make sure there is adequate policing

0:53:390:53:42

on the street and there are no

vigilantes on the streets?

Thanks

0:53:420:53:47

for the last question. We are

pledged to increase police numbers

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by 10000 and put 10,000 more police

officers there. I was with David

0:53:520:53:56

Jamieson on Saturday in Stourbridge,

who is the Police and Crime

0:53:560:54:01

Commissioner, and was talking to

police officers and community there.

0:54:010:54:05

They are losing their PCSOs, other

parts of the country are as well.

0:54:050:54:10

Server sense of community

corporation between the police and

0:54:100:54:13

local citizens is lost and the

police only then come in when there

0:54:130:54:19

is a dire emergency or a major

crime. That is not a good way

0:54:190:54:23

forward. If we are to deal with

issues of anti-social behaviour, of

0:54:230:54:28

low-level abuse, higher-level abuse,

knife crime, really serious issues

0:54:280:54:32

like that, you don't achieve it by

reducing police numbers. You can't

0:54:320:54:37

solve it all on a computer in a desk

somewhere. It is only sold by PCSOs

0:54:370:54:42

who understand the communities and

out the streets. I was in Great

0:54:420:54:47

Yarmouth last week and I spent a

while talking to two local police

0:54:470:54:50

officers who had both been on the

same area for ten years. They knew

0:54:500:54:54

everybody in the community, they

knew all the strains and stresses

0:54:540:54:58

and they were able to relate to that

community and the community related

0:54:580:55:01

to them, so they could help. And the

points everybody makes all the time

0:55:010:55:08

is, if you cut police numbers, you

close youth clubs, you dismiss youth

0:55:080:55:13

workers, you reduce the availability

of community centres, recreational

0:55:130:55:17

facilities, sports facilities and

everything else, is it very

0:55:170:55:21

surprising you end up with more and

more anti-social behaviour and more

0:55:210:55:24

and more levels of crime? We are

saying this is a false economy to

0:55:240:55:29

cut police numbers and PCSO numbers.

What we would do is invest in the

0:55:290:55:33

community infrastructure provided by

youth workers and community centres

0:55:330:55:37

and all those. That's why we are

fighting the local election and

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that's why austerities is so wrong.

APPLAUSE

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Andy, thanks to your question. We

are putting our views to Parliament.

0:55:460:55:49

We are not in a majority. We have

the result we got on the general

0:55:490:55:56

election and we are determined to

win the next general election,

0:55:560:56:01

whenever that comes. We're fighting

to protect jobs, to protect living

0:56:010:56:05

standards, consumer rights,

environmental living standards and,

0:56:050:56:08

above all, the rights that people

have at work. I've tried to set out

0:56:080:56:13

what I believe to be a more global

view of our place in the world than

0:56:130:56:17

that which the Tories do. There is

no future in turning this country

0:56:170:56:21

into some sort of xenophobic

offshore island badger sees

0:56:210:56:24

everybody as a threat or a rival.

No, we are a global, -- open,

0:56:240:56:32

multicultural, multilingual society.

Let's be proud of that, proud of

0:56:320:56:35

what we have achieved. Let's say to

people in every part of the country,

0:56:350:56:40

a Labour government will not let

your industries disappear and be

0:56:400:56:45

replaced by nothing other than

short-term insecure zero hours

0:56:450:56:48

contract type work. We are serious,

very serious, about investing in

0:56:480:56:54

every community in the country.

Surely the political class should

0:56:540:56:59

learn a lesson from the results of

the referendum, that sense of anger,

0:56:590:57:05

anger, at left behind communities

anywhere in Britain. We would not

0:57:050:57:09

walk by on the other side and let

towns and cities die for the lack of

0:57:090:57:13

investment. It is our duty to

achieve something very different and

0:57:130:57:18

better and, yes, we're campaigning

very hard all over the country to

0:57:180:57:22

win the local elections and then a

general election when it comes and

0:57:220:57:24

so you will get a Labour government

that way. Is that OK?

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APPLAUSE

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