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Communist Party calls for Brexit on World Trade Organisation terms

BRITAIN should leave the EU on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms to free a future Labour government from single market rule, the Communist Party declared at the weekend.

The pro-EU Tory minority regime and the EU Commission “cannot be trusted” to strike a withdrawal deal that does not serve the interests of “big business and the capitalist class,” the party said at the first meeting of its new executive committee.

The meeting concluded that any withdrawal agreement revamped by the government would continue to bind Britain to the single market.

CP general secretary Robert Griffiths said this would “obstruct any future British government’s efforts to promote infrastructure investment, manufacturing industry, economic planning, public ownership, regional development, public-sector procurement and VAT reforms and a labour market that ensures full rights for all workers.”

Mr Griffiths added that being part of a customs union would “outlaw import regulation to protect strategic industries such as steel, while also impeding a mutually beneficial fair trade policy with developing countries.”

The CP urged the labour movement to reject moves to extend Article 50 as this could lead to Brexit being cancelled.

Tomorrow the Commons will be voting on amendments to Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal in the hope of finding a way of breaking the Brexit deadlock after her unpopular withdrawal plan was voted down earlier this month by a record 230 MPs.

MPs are able to table amendments to the motion, with up to half a dozen of them to be selected for a vote by Speaker John Bercow.

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