Keir Starmer will rewrite his ‘thin’ Brexit deal to boost the economy if Labor wins power

The Labor leader pledged to reach a better trade deal with the European Union as he prepares to meet French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris this week.

Keir Starmer was speaking at the Global Progress Summit in Montreal, Canada(Getty Images)

Keir Starmer has said he will try to rewrite Boris Johnson’s “thin” Brexit deal if Labor wins power.

The Labor leader pledged to seek a “closer” trade deal with the bloc as he seeks to boost sluggish economic growth in the UK. The Labor leader’s comments came amid a series of meetings with international leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

He is also expected to meet French President Emmanuel Macron – a key figure in Brexit negotiations over the past few years – on Tuesday as Labor continues to enjoy a double-digit poll lead over the Conservatives. Starmer has repeatedly ruled out rejoining the EU’s single market or customs union, but has criticized the trade and cooperation agreement negotiated by former Prime Minister Johnson in 2021.

With the agreement to be reviewed in 2025, Starmer told the Financial Times it was an “important” moment to reset relations. He said: “Almost everyone realizes that the deal that Johnson has made is not a good deal – it is very weak. As we go into 2025, we will try to get a much better deal for the UK.”

Starmer said he was confident a better deal could be reached from Brussels, saying: “I think we can have a closer trading relationship as well. This is subject to further discussion.” He added: “We have to make it work. This is not a matter of going backwards. But I refuse to accept the fact that we cannot make it work. I am thinking of future generations when I say that.”

“I say this as a father. I have a 15-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl. I will not allow them to grow up in a world where whatever I have to tell them about their future, it will be worse than it could have been. “I have absolute determination To make this a success.”

According to the Financial Times, Starmer wants to see closer ties with the European Union in the field of security and research. In a speech last year at the Irish Embassy in central London, Starmer outlined his initial plan to “make Brexit a success” with proposals to seek a new vetting agreement.

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