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During the referendum campaign, virtually all Brexiteers ruled out leaving the Single market, and argued that it was the EU's political move towards "an ever closer Union" that they were opposed to. They spoke of Norway,, Switzerland and Albania (!) as possible models to follow.

The notion of a hard Brexit, involving leaving the Single Market and customs Union only became Government policy some time after the referendum, and arguably May's failure to gain a majority in the subsequent general election meant she had no mandate for that change of tack.

So Labour is really only going back to the centre ground of UK politics, accepting the referendum result but insisting on remaining in the Single market and Customs union for at least a transitional period, and possibly indefinitely, depending on what deal they can negotiate.

And they now have a consistent basis on which to oppose Tory policy, and can't be accused of opportunism or a lack of patriotism if the Tories come back with a deal for anything else.

You are, of course correct that Corbyn was never an EU enthusiast, but the objections you cite relate primarily to the Eurozone of which the UK was never a member.

The UK has generally led the neo-liberal charge within the EU, so his objections were often as much against the UK's influence within the EU, as against the EU itself, and in particular the "social market" philosophies which used to be the characteristic input of social democratic parties.

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