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Baroness Angela Smith was laughed at by BBC host Jo Coburn when the tv presenter asked the Labour peer about her party’s stance. 

Speaking on BBC Daily Politics, Baroness Smith said Labour’s position has been “really clear” but when she was asked about how her party would approach the negotiations, Jo Coburn started laughing. 

Baroness Smith said: “Well I spoke on the transition phase, that transition phase… no don’t laugh Jo. It’s really important.”

The BBC host explained she acknowledges talking about the transition period is important, but that what prompted the laugh was Labour’s unclear stance on the issue. 

She said: “I’m not laughing about the transition phase. It’s more about delaying the point at which Labour clears up exactly what it wants to do.”

Baroness Smith replied: “Labour has been really clear. In the negotiations, we would never rule out being in the customs union or the single market.

“They are not ruled out, they’d be a matter for negotiations.” 

Labour’s position on Brexit remains unclear with party leader Jeremy Corbyn suggesting the party would want a “form of customs union” despite backbenchers proposing to keep Britain in the EU. 

Express.co.uk asked Labour if the party wanted to remain in the customs union.

A Labour spokesman said: “We want a final deal that retains the benefits of the customs.

“Options for achieving the benefits of the Customs Union should not be swept off the table.”

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said he “wouldn’t rule out” staying in the customs union post-Brexit and that Labour would want to leave that option “on the table if it was in charge of the negotiations. 



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