Europe

UK Labour leader suggests national maximum wage

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a visit to Paston Farm Centre in Peterborough,  England where he outlined the party's plan for Brexit and vision for Britain. Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017.  Corbyn  Britain's main opposition leader, seeking to start the year with new political momentum, has suggested imposing a national maximum wage.  Corbyn told the BBC Tuesday that "I would like to see some kind of high-earnings cap" to reduce inequality. (Chris Radburn/PA via AP)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a visit to Paston Farm Centre in Peterborough, England where he outlined the party's plan for Brexit and vision for Britain. Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017. Corbyn  Britain's main opposition leader, seeking to start the year with new political momentum, has suggested imposing a national maximum wage. Corbyn told the BBC Tuesday that "I would like to see some kind of high-earnings cap" to reduce inequality. (Chris Radburn/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Britain's main opposition leader, seeking to start the year with renewed political momentum, has suggested imposing a national maximum wage.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC that "I would like to see some kind of high-earnings cap" to reduce inequality. He said that it should kick in at a level "somewhat higher" than his own 138,000 pound ($167,000) annual salary.

Labour trails the governing Conservatives in opinion polls, and veteran socialist Corbyn faces restive Labour lawmakers who think he has failed to provide strong leadership as the U.K. faces leaving the European Union and renegotiating its ties with the bloc.

In interviews and speeches Tuesday, he's outlining Labour's approach to Brexit. Corbyn plans to say later that it's essential Britain retain "full access" to the EU's single market.