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Labour chief reveals Corbyn’s shock plan to keep Britain’s borders open after Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign chief Andrew Gwynne refused to commit to Labour's 2017 promise on freedom of movement while on The Andrew Marr Show. Mr Gwynne was quizzed on television on how Labour’s border policy would be different to freedom of movement. He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “Well, of course these would be bespoke reciprocal arrangements that will allow, for example, British students to access the European education system.”

Pushed further by Mr Marr on Labour's policy, Mr Gwynne added: "These would be bilateral agreements.

"There are people who live and work in the European Union who are British citizens, and there are European Union citizens who live and work in the United Kingdom, and what we want to negotiate is an arrangement where that can continue."

Mr Marr continued to question the senior Labour figure over how the Labour Party's interpretation of freedom of movement differs from the current EU definition.

When asked if Labour would keep its 2017 promise on freedom of movement, Mr Gwynne refused to commit to it.

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn (Image: GETTY)

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn (Image: GETTY)

He said: “Well, I will be able to answer that more clearly this time next week.

“I have not seen a draft of the manifesto.

“We go through a democratic process.

“It is next Saturday where the whole Labour Party family come together.”

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Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell (Image: GETTY)

Andrew Marr put the pressure on Mr Corbyn’s key ally, Mr Gwynne after he refused to say whether Labour would stick to its 2017 immigration commitments.

During the awkward interview, Mr Gwynne, who tried to clarify Labour’s Brexit position, ended up causing greater confusion.

The shadow secretary for communities and local government repeatedly refused to say whether a Labour government's Brexit deal would end freedom of movement.

The co-national campaign coordinator refused to be drawn on the details of Labour's 2019 manifesto in the fiery television interview.

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Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)

Mr Gwynne ended up saying that he could "answer more clearly this time next week" to the bemusement of Mr Marr.

Earlier this week, Mr Corbyn told supporters that he wants a Labour government to make sure EU nationals "do remain here, can come here, will stay here".

Labour will finalise their election immigration policy at a crunch meeting, known as a Clause V meeting, next Saturday.

Mr Gwynne was also asked by Boris Johnson in June for Labour’s views on post-Brexit immigration.

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn (Image: Express)

Mr Johnson said: “My question to Andrew Gwynne is does he want immigration to be higher or lower as a result of Brexit?”

Mr Gwynne replied: "Well, Boris I am at a disadvantage here but you know that we want managed immigration, we are leaving the EU."

Boris then said: “I’m not hearing an answer. Are you leaving the customs union?”

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)

Mr Gwynne retorted: “We are leaving the European Union.”

Mr Johnson then said: “I asked him this last time you may remember.”

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