LABOUR have rejected claims that they would try to take the United Kingdom back into the EU single market and customs union after a shadow frontbencher expressed hope it could return.

A party spokesman said Anna McMorrin, a shadow justice minister, had been "spoken to" by Sir Keir Starmer after reports suggested she said a Labour government might be able to renegotiate the UK’s deal with Brussels.

However, McMorrin was able to keep her frontbench role after issuing a statement which said she backed the official party line that the UK had left the EU and that Labour were committed to make the current deal work.

The Sun obtained footage of McMorrin answering questions from supporters last week where she said: “We need to renegotiate the deal, certainly.

“I hope, eventually that, we will get back into the single market and customs union, and who knows then.”

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In her statement, McMorrin said: “Labour policy on Brexit is clear. We have left the EU, Labour voted for the deal.

“Now it is the job of all of us to make it work.”

In the Commons, Boris Johnson took aim at McMorrin about her remarks after she challenged him at Prime Minister’s Questions.

The Prime Minister replied: “I read the other day that she wants to go back into the single market and into the customs union.

“If that’s the real policy of the Labour Party, going back to the EU, why won’t the Leader of the Opposition admit it?”