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Brexit warning: How Keir Starmer will use 'crunch point' to demand EU trade deal extension

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Keir Starmer only took over as leader of the opposition from Jeremy Corbyn last month, but already finds himself batting to reunite a party torn about by infighting, including its much-criticised position on Brexit. Professor Tim Bale from Queen Mary University of London has warned the issue of Remain or Leave has quickly lost significance, and Labour must now be prepared to push Mr Johnson into extending the post-Brexit transition period beyond 2020. He said: "Brexit is done. Starmer has signalled very clearly that it's time to move on." Other commentators agree Sir Keir must quickly distance Labour from the Remain rhetoric in order to win back voters, and will likely push to extend the transition period.

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