Len McCluskey says free movement should NOT stay after Brexit

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Now Labour faces free movement backlash as union baron Len McCluskey says Jeremy Corbyn should NOT be kept if Brexit happens Labour splits are deepening over whether to keep free movement after Brexit Unite baron Len McCluskey said he did not believe open borders should stay Crunch meeting of party chiefs this weekend to finalise the election manifesto 

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 16:34 GMT, 13 November 2019 | Updated: 08:45 GMT, 14 November 2019

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Labour splits on free movement deepened tonight after union baron Len McCluskey insisted it should not stay in place if the UK leaves the EU.

Mr McCluskey, a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, said the party's official policy of keeping open borders was 'not a sensible approach'. 

The intervention from the Unite head comes ahead of a crunch meeting of party chiefs this weekend to finalise the election manifesto.  

Activists at Labour conference voted this autumn to make its formal position to 'maintain and extend free movement rights'. 

But Mr Corbyn has repeatedly refused to say whether he will try to restrict free movement from the EU as part of another renegotiation with Brussels if he wins power. 

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Len McCluskey (left), a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn (right in Glasgow today), said the party's official policy of keeping open borders was 'not a sensible approach'

Mr McCluskey told the Guardian today: 'We will have to see

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