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Sir Keir Starmer has been slapped down this morning by Brussels, as his hopes for a brand new “security” cope with the EU have been left shattered.

Labour had lately recommended {that a} new safety cope with the EU could possibly be broadened to incorporate ideas equivalent to financial safety and migration.

However the proposals have flopped in Brussels, with one EU diplomat telling the Politico web site that the coverage appears like “cherry picking” features of EU membership.

They added: “We’re not sure we see it the same way”.

“We’re more comfortable with the classic definition of ‘security’.”

A second “frustrated” EU diplomat has additionally criticised Labour’s latest rejection of an EU proposal to open negotiations of extra free motion for younger folks, with a celebration spokesman saying that they had “no plans” to pursue the thought.

However the EU supply fumed: “It wasn’t out of nowhere, it was based on six months of discussions between member states”.

It’s not the primary time Sir Keir’s anti-Brexit goals have been left smouldering.

In September final 12 months, the Labour chief’s pot to renegotiate Brexit was described as “delusional” and a “political lie” by one EU knowledgeable.

Wolfgang Munchau, a former affiliate editor of the centrist Financial Times the place he wrote concerning the EU, printed an evaluation of Labour’s newest coverage announcement on the Euro Intelligence web site.

Mr Munchau described Sir Keir as delusional in pondering it’s potential to “stay outside the single market and the customs union, and get a better deal”.

He described the announcement as a “political lie”.

He mentioned: “It will almost certainly be exposed as such, and not only by us… Probably the biggest delusion yet to be unpicked is Sir Keir’s repeated assertion that there is a better deal with the EU out there. This is simply not true.”

He describes Mr Johnson’s 2020 settlement as “a reasonable third-country trade deal”, which whereas leaving open two unresolved subjects of Northern Ireland and Horizon Membership, have now been resolved by Rishi Sunak.

The EU weblog places it bluntly to Sir Keir: “If your bottom line is that you do not wish to rejoin the single market and the customs union, there really is not a lot more out there.”

Labour’s present refusal to come back clear about their plans on Brexit has additionally left Brussels annoyed, with an EU diplomat additionally telling Politico: “I think they don’t even really know what they’re planning to do”.