Starmer ADMITS his plan to RENEGOTIATE with EU if he becomes PM

Sir Keir Starmer has confirmed he is planning to renegotiate the UK’s relationship with the EU if he is elected.

The Labour Leader said he wants a closer trading relationship with the bloc, dismissing the 2020 deal struck by Boris Johnson as “not a good deal”.

The deal is up for review in 2025. Starmer said he owes it to his children to strike a new partnership with Brussels and rebuild the relationship.

Starmer said the 2025 renewal date is an “important” moment to reset relations with the bloc.

The Leader of the Opposition, who is nearly 20 points ahead of the Conservative Party in the polls, told the Financial Times: “I do think we can have a closer trading relationship as well. That’s subject to further discussion.”

Speaking about the current deal, he added: “I think there’s more that can be achieved across the board.”

Starmer continued: “Almost everyone recognises the deal Johnson struck is not a good deal — it’s far too thin.

“As we go into 2025 we will attempt to get a much better deal for the UK.”

It is not yet known whether the EU will be open to a renegotiation of the deal.

The Labour Leader made the comments on the fringes of a conference of centre-left leaders in Montreal.

While the Labour leader has said he will not rejoin the EU if he becomes Prime Minister, he has come under fire for increasing cooperation with the bloc.

Last week, he announced plans for a cross-border migrant returns deal with the EU, which could see the UK forced to take more than 100,000 migrants from the EU per year.

Tomorrow, Starmer is expected to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, in what is expected to be an attempt to get French support for Labour policies.

He is expected to raise his plans for a new deal on migration.

The plans, which would involve a cross-border approach to tackling smuggling gangs, could involve the UK agreeing to a quota of migrants it will be forced to accept.

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