Sir Keir Starmer says there is 'no case' for joining EU single market in rebuke to Sadiq Khan

Sir Keir Starmer said there is no "political case" for the UK to join the European Union's single market in a rebuke to Sadiq Khan.  Speaking at the World Economic Forum

in Davos, Switzerland, the Labour leader said the UK's divorce agreement with Brussels is "not a good deal" and he wants the nation to have a "closer relationship with the

EU".  But he insisted the UK "can’t go back into the EU" and that included any deal to join the bloc's economic community.  Speaking to the BBC's Newsnight programme,

he said: "We would accept that the deal that Johnson got is not a good deal and you can see the impact it is having on our economy and that is why we have been clear we want a

closer relationship with the EU.  "That starts with the protocol in Northern Ireland, it then goes into a discussion about how close we can be. We can’t go back into the EU,

there isn’t a political case for going back into the EU or the single market. But I am having discussions about what a closer trading relationship might look like." The

comments will be seen as a slap down to Mr Khan, the Labour Mayor of London, who said earlier this month that there needs to be a "pragmatic debate about the benefits of being a

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