The Labour peer told BBC Breakfast this morning that under Labour’s Brexit policy freedom of movement will end but that “one way or another movement between Britain and the EU” will continue. After playing a clip of Ms Chakrabarti’s comments on BBC Politics Live, BBC host Nick Robinson brilliantly said: “I’m concentrating quite hard and I have no idea what that means. There will be one way or another movement between Britain and the EU’. There’s movement between Britain and America!”
The BBC host challenged Labour candidate Faiza Shaheen on the issue who replied: “There’s a technical difference between freedom of movement within the EU and there are some laws and policies around that.
“What we’re saying is when we have a second referendum and people still want to leave then in that case the exact free movement that we have right now in terms of laws will end.
“But what we’re not saying is that people are going to stop moving around.
“That there won’t be some kind of agreement with what a new type of freedom of movement might look like.”
Labour Party delegates in September voted to “maintain and extend free movement” to allow EU citizens continued rights to relocate and work in the UK after Brexit.
The motion tabled at the Labour Party Conference also committed the party to extend voting rights to foreign nationals who legally reside in the country.
At the launch of his party’s election campaign, Jeremy Corbyn claimed he would negotiate a new Brexit deal with the EU within three months of winning the election.
He then pledged to put his deal and the option to remain in the EU to British voters in a second EU referendum three months after negotiating the new agreement.
But Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told BBC Europe editor Katya Adler that Labour’s plan is “unrealistic”.
“So I said here we go, let’s fact-check. So I put Labour’s position to him and he said that realistically speaking this idea of renegotiations, he said ‘realistically speaking I don’t think this is a very realistic proposal’.
“Although he did point out that it would be up to the next Commission to decide whether there was any flexibility there.
“And I will fact-check that and say that actually, it would be down to those EU leaders again.
“Because don’t forget that the Commission serves the leaders in these negotiations.”