The competition for “Most ludicrous policy on Brexit” is a stiff one, but it is now almost certainly led by the Labour Party. Its stance that the UK must leave the EU but retain exactly the same benefits as Single Market membership is just, well, silly. There is only one way to retain the exact same benefits of Single Market membership, and that is to stay in the Single Market.
What is more, remaining in the Single Market will require an annual payment, on which there will be no rebate. In other words, it will cost more or less the same as outright EU membership – with less influence.
Labour could quite easily square this circle. It should demand a referendum on the terms of exit negotiated, versus remaining in the EU. That would at least give the public the choice of supporting the “exact same benefits”, now that leaving has focused our minds on what they are, by voting to retain them through retaining membership.