Labour party lashes out at Brexit talks fiasco

Sergio Conner
December 7, 2017

Britain's Electoral Commission said on Thursday it was investigating campaign group Momentum - which backed the opposition Labour Party at a June election - over whether it breached campaign finance rules.

He told the BBC: "Our position is in the customs unions and single market in the transition period and leave the options on the table for after the transition period".

"They are aspects which we've talked about in relation to rules that are considered part of the single market including state aid restrictions, procurement restrictions and state procurement, enforced liberalisation and privatisation that we would want to see changed", a Labour spokesman said.

The Brexit Secretary was responding to an urgent question raised by his Labour counterpart Keir Starmer.

"Because if the price of the Prime Minister's approach is the break-up of the union and reopening of bitter divides in Northern Ireland then the price is too high".

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But no ministers, shadow cabinet members or senior DUP figures were available for questioning.

That was a red line for the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, whose 10 lawmakers prop up May's minority government in London, because it would probably have meant a border between the province and mainland Britain.

Mr Davis defended the governments efforts in the talks, insisting that "progress has been made" and saying he believed the first phase of the talks was now close to concluding. The invisible border is only possible now because of the EU customs union and single market.

"It's one thing to go to Brussels and fall out with those on the other side of the negotiating table; it's quite another to go to Brussels and fall out with those supposedly on your own side of the negotiating table".

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