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Nicola Sturgeon lashes out at Jeremy Corbyn after he rejects plea to back single market membership

Jeremy Corbyn has rejected Nicola Sturgeon's plea to support single market membership Credit: AFP

Jeremy Corbyn has rejected Nicola Sturgeon’s plea to support the UK staying in the EU single market ahead of her government publishing an analysis arguing that membership would mean the “least damaging” Brexit.

The First Minister called on the Labour leader to get off the fence on the key issue, claiming there would be a Commons majority for staying in the single market if he threw his weight behind the plan.

But less than half an hour later Mr Corbyn rejected her demand, saying he did not “understand” why she was focusing on the single market when Brexit meant leaving it.

He made clear his disapproval of EU state aid rules and noted that the UK has markedly different type of economy from small non-EU countries such as Norway, which access the single market via membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Mr Sturgeon lashed out at the Labour leader on Twitter, arguing he was...

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