“That’s effectively a vote of no confidence in themselves.”
The Reform UK member added that Britain has done little to reap the benefits of Brexit since its departure from the bloc in 2020.
“Brexit hasn’t been a disaster, we’ve just failed as a country to do anything material with Brexit”, he told Patrick Christys.
“We’ve still got 4,800 EU regulations on our statute backs which Kemi Badenoch sadly chose not to repeal, which I feel should have been repealed.
Sir Keir Starmer is facing backlash for his EU remarks
“We’re still hitched by eight constraints to the EU as far as state aid competition, including the pernicious drive to net zero is concerned.”
Starmer risks reigniting the debate about the nature of post-Brexit relations with Brussels after speaking at an international summit of “progressive” politicians including Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
“Most of the conflict with the UK being outside of the (EU) arises insofar as the UK wants to diverge and do different things to the rest of our EU partners,” he said.
“Obviously the more we share values, the more we share a future together, the less the conflict, and actually, different ways of solving problems become available.
Ben Habib spoke to Patrick Christys on GB News
“Actually we don’t want to diverge, we don’t want to lower standards, we don’t want to rip up environmental standards, working standards for people that work, food standards and all the rest of it.
“Suddenly you’re in a space where notwithstanding the obvious fact that we are outside the EU and not in the EEA, there’s a lot more common ground than you might think.”
Labour have so far approached the topic of EU relations with caution as the party bids to win back parts of the electorate who voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum.
While Brexiteers believe Britain will be burdened with unnecessary red tape as a result of closer EU ties, others believe it could ease trade.
Starmer’s remarks have been latched upon by Tory ministers including Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, who questioned what Labour “stands for”.
He posted on X: “Keir voted remain. Then he backed a second referendum. Then he didn’t. Now he wants to rejoin the EU in all but name. What does Labour stand for?”
Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris claimed Sir Keir had “revert(ed) to type”, citing his previous support for remaining in the EU, while Tory MP Simon Clarke said “being a rule-taker… would be a disastrous mistake”.
Labour sources rubbished the Conservative criticism and called on the Government to “come clean with the public on which standards they want to reduce”.
A party spokesperson said: “We don’t support dynamic alignment.
“We’re not joining the single market or the customs union.
“We will not be in a situation where we are a rule-taker.”